Chrome 103 on iPhone: redesigned menus, more secure browsing
Chrome version 103 is rolling out this week and Google is pushing out several new features on iPhone and iPad that cover usability and security.
The three-dot menu (overflow) located in the lower right corner of Chrome on the iPhone has been redesigned “to be scannable and to highlight the most important destinations”. It starts with a colorful carousel offering quick access to bookmarks, history, reading list, passwords, downloads, recent tabs, and settings.
Actions such as Reload, New Tab, and New Incognito Tab follow, with the panel opening halfway initially. Once fully developed, you get Bookmark, Add to Reading List, Translate, Request Desktop Site, Find in Page, Zoom Text, Report Problem, and Help. This design – which is “based on user feedback” – can also be found in Chrome for iPad to the right of the Omnibox.
Meanwhile, Chrome 103 introduces a new screen when “you have been away for a while”. Google wants to make it “easier to navigate through content, launch a new search, or easily return to your most frequently visited sites.” You can also access recent tabs, an upcoming change also on Android that has already been spotted in A/B testing.
Other user announcements include the initial rollout of Chrome Stocks where you can type things like “Clear browsing data”, “Open Incognito tab”, and “Set Chrome as default browser” into the address bar and be taken to the correct page immediately. Google also has an “updated language identification mode,” which uses on-device machine learning to “accurately determine the language of the page you’re visiting and whether it needs to be translated to match. to your preferences”.
In terms of security, Google provides Improved Safe Browsing to Chrome for iOS. Compared to existing “standard” protections, the browser will be more proactive and share real-time data with Google Safe Browsing, such as uncommon URLs and suspicious downloads. As of today, the ability to configure Enhanced Safe Browsing is not yet widely rolled out (Settings > Google Services).
Chrome 103 is rolling out to iPhone and iPad, and App store the release notes identify additional changes:
- Manage camera and microphone permissions for specific sites using the camera and microphone icons in the address bar.
- You can now download and add iCalendar (iCal) files to your calendar.
- Chrome will remove duplicate tabs from the New Tab page in the background.
- Stability and performance improvements are included.
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