Though the famous web browser had to face some criticism in 2019 where an experimental update had broken it down temporarily, still 2019 can be considered an excellent year for Google Chrome as it remained the most favoured & popular browser. Statistics even show that it currently provides sites for between 48% & 64% of web users.
With all the achievements & praises it has garnered till now, Google Chrome is still coming up with new features for 2020, which can be looked forward to.
- New tab switcher – on our phones & tablets when we want to change tabs we can tap a button for a tab switcher & select from a set of large ‘cards’ which shows the pages that have been kept open. This may change a bit with the introduction of an all-new tab switcher that will add more options to the screen. With small previews of each tab, it will feature a Google logo front & center, links to recently opened sites, incognito mode toggle, search bar, options menu & a button for creating new tabs.
- Built-in password manager – following in Mozilla’s Firefox Monitor, Google Chrome can also help in securing our accounts from phishing attempts & the usage of the same passwords for different services. Though this is purely a speculative feature, still at the end of 2019, Google unveiled a new tool that will warn us if there is any data breach or revelation of details of our online accounts.
- Parallel download – this feature breaks the files in several parts for downloading simultaneously. This feature can gain momentum, looking at how fiber broadband has become mainstream.
- Labelling slow websites – this is a feature which will warn users for particular websites that load slow. It will appear as a splash screen with information in a context menu when you right-click or a progress bar to indicate the speed of the site.
- Page sharing through QR codes – sharing webpages via QR codes is another way of sharing sites & Opera has been offering the same feature for years now. Chances of phishing are more in this feature. Nobody wants to share sites via QR codes (you need to first download an app for QR codes) when you can do the same through messaging apps as well.
- Dark mode – the most sought after feature is the dark mode feature of Google Chrome for mobile phones & tablets. With its experimental version, we can enable the dark mode by entering chrome://flags in the address bar & then activating ‘Android web contents dark mode’ and ‘Android Chrome UI dark mode’. After doing this, restart the web browser, click on the settings menu & click the ‘Dark’ option under ‘Themes’. Though the final version would be more advanced than this but temporarily you can do the above to see how it works for you. It can be anticipated that the Android version will release in the first quarter of 2020 & the iOS version will follow suit soon after.