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4 reasons to set Chrome as your default browser on iOS

September 28th, 2020

With iOS 14, you can now change your default browser (the browser that automatically opens links) to Chrome on your iPhone or iPad. If you already use Chrome on your computer, Chrome on iOS delivers the same familiar and easy-to-use experience, with a look and feel that’s right at home on your iPhone or iPad. Here are…

Changing the Chrome on iOS User Agent for Request Desktop Site

September 14th, 2020

Chrome on iOS sends two different User-Agent strings, depending on the version of the site being requested by the user. In M84 and earlier, the User-Agent string sent when the Request Desktop Site option was selected matched the string used by Safari Desktop. Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_13_5) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/11.1.1…

Chrome 86: Improved Focus Highlighting, WebHID, and More

September 3rd, 2020

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on Chrome 86 is beta as of September 3, 2020. CSS Pseudo-Class: focus-visible and the Quick Focus…

Giving users and developers more control over focus

September 2nd, 2020

Chrome 86 introduces two new features that improve both the user and developer experience when it comes to working with focus. The :focus-visible pseudo-class is a CSS selector that lets developers opt-in to the same heuristic the browser uses when it’s deciding whether to show a default focus indicator. This makes styling focus more predictable….

A safer and more private browsing experience on Android with Secure DNS

September 2nd, 2020

With Chrome 85, we are extending the support of Secure DNS in Chrome to Android. Secure DNS is a feature we introduced in Chrome 83 on desktop platforms. It’s a feature built on top of a secure DNS protocol called DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH), which is designed to improve your safety and privacy while browsing the web….

Number Scrubbing

August 28th, 2020

If you use <input type=”number”>, some browsers give you an input that has UI for incrementing the number, like up/down arrows (often called “spinners”). That’s a bit helpful sometimes. But people have certainly explored fancier ways of updating that number. “Scrubbing” is one of those ways. I always think of Photoshop here, which has supported…

Chrome just got faster with Profile Guided Optimization

August 25th, 2020

From the very beginning, we built Chrome to be the fastest browser possible. The faster Chrome is, the faster you find the information you want or finish the task you need to do. With M85, users will find a noticeably faster Chrome, thanks to our two latest improvements: Profile Guided Optimization, which delivers up to…

Organize your tabs and stay productive in Chrome

August 25th, 2020

These days, people are spending a lot of time in their browsers to get things done, whether for work, school, or something else. And while some write out a formal to-do list to keep track of tasks, for others, their to-do list is their tabs in Chrome. However you get things done, we want Chrome…

Protecting Google Chrome users from insecure forms

August 17th, 2020

Beginning in M86, Chrome will warn users when they try to complete forms on secure (HTTPS) pages that are submitted insecurely. These “mixed forms” (forms on HTTPS sites that do not submit on HTTPS) are a risk to users’ security and privacy. Information submitted on these forms can be visible to eavesdroppers, allowing malicious parties…

Highlighting great user experiences on the mobile web

August 17th, 2020

Over the last decade, Chrome and the web development community have worked towards providing users with a fast, responsive and delightful browsing experience. Features like <link rel=preload> and native lazy-loading, to name but a few, are helping pages meet this mark. Historically, Chrome has also successfully encouraged the adoption of best-practices such as HTTPS by…