Chrome 69 Brings Material Theme Design for Android, iOS, and Desktop Users

The URL standard is universally supported for giving websites addresses but Google's Chrome team wants something easier to understand

The new version of the web browser arrived in time for the browser's 10 year anniversary. Here are the most important new features.

To help us all find that which we've saved and lost in our browsers, Google has given Chrome the ability to find specific web pages via its Omnibox (the address bar).

The list of options in the "more" menu - the ellipses on the right side of the toolbar - is also much easier to read and scan, thanks to bigger text and new icons for functions such as bookmarking and requesting the desktop version of a page.

Chrome 69 is rolling out now globally.

Google said this is in an effort to boost productivity for users. On iOS (but strangely not on Android), the toolbar has been moved to the bottom for easier reach.

Google Chrome calls the box that combines the search and address bar into one the "omnibox" and it will now be even more convenient to use.

On top of that, Chrome now also lets you search for a website in your Omnibox.

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There's also an upcoming feature that we've seen in chrome://flags that will give you results of items in your Google Drive folders. You can now create and manage the way your shortcuts to your favorite websites are handled on the new tab page, plus customize each new tab with your own custom background.

The battle against HTTP websites has been ongoing for some time. Now with Chrome 69, the URLs are gray with a little lock next to them. This leaves only HTTP sites marked as "not secure".

While the auto-answer feature worked well when I tested it out in Chrome Canary (giving me the Yankees score from last night, and completing mathematic equations), its use of already-opened tabs didn't work during as well.

The team is now, Wired reports, focused on identifying the ways people now use URLs in order to develop an alternative method of addressing pages and sites which will both enhance security and add convenience - though, being described by engineering director Parisa Tabriz as 'an active discussion' at the company, it's unlikely that a URL replacement will be arriving in the immediate future.

On mobile, open the iOS App Store or Google Play store to update the app. The team is continuing to experiment with Chrome to improve its performance, and we'll be keeping an eye on the Chromium Gerrit for any changes that we spot. If you ask Chrome a question, you'll see instant results.

We love the Chrome Dinosaur game, the one that appears and soothes the feeling of frustration you get when trying to surf the web in Chrome when you have no internet access.

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