Google begins rolling out the Chrome 100 browser: here are the milestone update highlights
Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. Launched in 2008, Chrome is used daily by millions of users around the world. The tech giant regularly releases browser updates that provide users with more features. Recently, the company rolled out the “milestone” update to Chrome 100. The release brings a new design, features, and removes a few tools. Here are the main highlights of Google Chrome 100 and what it means for users.
Google Chrome gets a new logo after almost eight years
Google Chrome is getting a new logo with the latest update. The logo (only if you look closely) appears to have brighter colors and a larger blue circle in the center. Also, the new icon doesn’t have a shadow like the previous one. Google Chrome logo changed after 8 years gap. The browser was introduced in 2008. Since then, the design and the basic elements of the logo remained modified with timely changes in 2011 and 2014.
New mute shortcut for tabs
With the latest Chrome update, users will be able to spot a new mute button on tabs. The feature will allow you to disable audio playback in any app with a single click. The browser displays a sound indicator on the tab when an audio file is playing. The function uses the indicator as a button to mute the sound. The feature was spotted in Google Chrome Canary a few months ago. It should be noted that the feature is not enabled by default. To enable it, you need to go to chrome://flags > Tab Audio Mute UI Control > set it to Enabled.
Lite mode removed for Android and iOS users
With the Chrome 100, the company decided to say goodbye to Lite mode. Lite Mode is a special data saving mode offered by Chrome that loads pages faster and uses up to 60% less data. The company says this decision is made in light of the fact that mobile data has become cheaper and faster over the past few years.
Web apps can detect multiple screens
Google Chrome 100 Stable Update comes with Multi-Monitor Window Placement API. This means web apps running on Chrome can now take advantage of secondary displays connected to your PC. Although native apps have been able to do this for a long time, the functionality of web apps is relatively new.
Last version of Chrome that supports non-collapsed user agent strings
Google Chrome 100 will be the last version of the web browser to support “unminified” user agent strings. For those unaware, user agent strings share key information such as device type and operating system with websites. Sometimes this information may be personal or block certain websites on the browser due to incompatibility.
New confirmation popup for Android users
After installing Chrome 100, Android users will be able to see a new confirmation popup when closing all tabs at once. “Close all tabs? Warning: This action cannot be undone. Close all tabs and lose all unsaved data?” the pop-up window reads. The tech giant has been testing this feature for some time.