Google today unveiled a number of new features coming to the most recent version of Chrome for iOS as part of a larger update to the web browser. The Chrome app will now have access to Google’s Enhanced Safe Browsing function, which forewarns you about potentially harmful websites. A new language detection model, modifications to the user interface, the option to choose Google’s password manager as the autofill provider, and more are among the additional enhancements.
Some of these modifications have been present on Android and Chrome’s desktop versions for months or even years, but they are just now being made available on iOS.
For instance, this release brings Enhanced Safe Browsing, which had previously only been accessible on Chrome for desktop computers and Android, to iPhones and iPads. By submitting real-time data to Google Safe Browsing to be examined for things like malware, phishing, and other risks, this function is able to anticipate and alert users of harmful websites. Users of iOS devices will also receive alerts from Chrome about compromised credentials so they can update their usernames and passwords.
Users can activate Enhanced Safe Browsing on their iPhone or iPad when the software has been updated by going to Chrome > More > Settings > Enhanced Safe Browsing.
A further iOS feature is “Chrome Actions,” which makes it simpler to complete specific actions without having to tinker with the app’s settings. For instance, you can write commands like “Clear Browsing Data,” “Open Incognito Tab,” or “Set Chrome as Default Browser” into the browser’s address bar. Following that, the app will quickly link you to the appropriate page. You don’t need to know the exact command because the Chrome address bar can estimate when a user would benefit from a Chrome Action based on the words being typed. Both PC and Android versions of this have been accessible since April of 2020.
Along with providing an alternative to the built-in password management system, the update will also enable users to designate Google Password Manager as their Autofill provider, competing with other password tools like 1Password or Dashlane. When enabled, Chrome can assist users in managing and filling out their passwords for any mobile app or website on their iOS device. Prior to this, the capability was accessible on Chrome for Android and desktop.
The main screen of Chrome’s UI has been updated to display more than just your most recent tabs. You’ll see that the app now provides access to the same Discover feed of tailored material that can usually be seen on the Google mobile app’s main page. Google mentions that this will eventually be available for Android Chrome.
Google is also enhancing Chrome’s website translation function, which makes websites available in the language of your choice using on-device machine learning. On iOS, an improved language identification model will be released that correctly determines the language of the page you’re visiting and whether or not it requires translation.
Finally, based on the Chrome 103 App Store release notes, further small modifications have been found. In addition, you may now download and add iCalendar files to your Calendar, delete duplicate New Tab Page tabs in the background, and adjust camera and microphone permissions for certain websites using the camera and microphone icons in the address bar. A few changes have also been made to Chrome’s three-dot (overflow) menu to better showcase the Reading List and Bookmarks tabs, which are now located higher on the list.