Today the new version of Google’s browser is launched, and we bring you the main changes of Chrome 89. On this occasion, there are some changes that are visual, such as the new user profiles, and others that are also practical, such as the reading lists that seek to complement the classic bookmarks.
But in addition to this, there are also new native options to share elements from the browser, and other small novelties such as the possibility that webapps begin to use the NFC chips in the mobile version of Chrome. We will tell you all this in the following lines.
Changes to Chrome profiles
The first novelty is also the most visual, and that is that Chrome now has a new look for profiles. Now, the profile selector will have a much more modern look and with customization options.
Besides this, you will also be able to customize the theme of your profile quickly to be able to differentiate it more easily from the others. It is a feature that will gradually reach Chrome 89 users. It will not do so suddenly, but progressively.
Reading lists in Chrome
Now, in addition to saving a page to favorites, you can also save it in a simple reading list. This list will appear in the options when you click on the star icon in the address bar. In addition to saving pages to bookmarks, you can now also save them to the reading list.
The good thing about this feature is that will separate the pages that you have already read with those that you have not. In this way, you can save articles that you want to read in the list, and they will be marked as read when you have time to enter them.
Native option to share from the browser
We are used to many mobile applications having sharing options, including the browser. Now Chrome for Windows and Chrome OS have native options to share a web with other applications that you have installed on your computer.
For this to be possible, developers have to adapt pages to this function. When a website has it, a share button will appear that opens a native Chrome menu very similar to the one you can see on Android. With it, you can share the link through the applications or services that support it.
Web Apps can use NFC
This is a novelty that is implemented in the version of Chrome for Android, and that means that web applications can also use the NFC chip of your mobile for different types of interactions. Until now, only native mobile applications could do this, but now the door is open for webapps to join this as well.
With this novelty, web applications are getting closer and closer to the native web experience, which for users with mobile phones with little space, or to skip the application stores can be something interesting.
- The tab finder keeps advancing, and start reaching more Chrome users in this new version.
- Improvements in page permission requests, as Google continues to work on making them less intrusive. Now, it will block some requests that it finds difficult for you to grant, such as web page notifications.
- Trying to force HTTPS when you enter the web. First, Chrome will always try to enter an HTTPS version of a website before having to go to insecure HTTP.
- Chrome OS will sync with your Android using a functionality very similar to the Your Phone application from Microsoft. With it, you will synchronize notifications from your Android, you will be able to see the recent tabs of Chrome, and more. It is an experimental option in the Chrome Flags of Chrome OS.
- WebHID enabled by default, an API introduced in Chrome 86, and that supports human interface devices for use in the browser, even if they are not compatible with the operating system where you have it installed.
- Support for old processors is abandoned x86 that do not meet the requirement to support SSE3 (Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions 3) technology. Processors have been supporting it for about 15 years, so it shouldn’t be a problem for most computers.
- Support for AVIF image decoding
- Other technical news for developers