Google recently launched version 89 of the Chrome browser. This version comes with a couple of upgrades including optimization of configuration files, reading list, etc. It also adds some improvements for desktop devices. Furthermore, this update brings improvement in memory management and performance in Chrome 89 for Android. One of the improvements is “freeze tabs”. Google claims that when the “freeze tabs” function is active, the launch speed of the Android version of the Chrome browser will increase by 13%.
Google Chrome can now save lightweight tabs, which are similar in size to screenshots. It also supports operations such as scrolling, zooming, and clicking links. When the browser starts, these “frozen tabs” will open by default, and other tabs will load in the background. This will allow the user to enter the page faster.
In addition, Chrome 89 for Android will reduce the probability of crashes, increase memory usage by 5%, and page loading speed by 2%. It is worth mentioning that Google announced that it will enable 64-bit Chrome for devices with Android 10 or above and 8GB or more of memory. The speed of loading pages and browsers can be increased by 8.5%, and scrolling and input delays and smoothness can be improved by 28%.
Chrome OS celebrates its 10th anniversary and gets a lot of new features
When connected, a panel is displayed with access to the main information of the smartphone, including connection and information about the battery charge. You can call your lost smartphone from your Chromebook, quickly “share” Internet access, view recent pages in the Chrome browser on your smartphone, reply to text messages, and so on.
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The Wi-Fi Sync function has become available for a wide range of devices. It allows you to automatically connect to a Wi-Fi network that the user has configured on a smartphone or other devices running Chrome OS.
Another major innovation is the support for Nearby Share technology, which allows you to quickly and conveniently exchange data between Chromebooks and Android smartphones. Google promises to launch the feature on Chrome OS in the coming months; making Nearby Share a full-fledged competitor to Apple’s AirDrop.
The new Screen Capture tool is available from the quick settings panel. You can select an exact area on the screen, take screenshots, create videos with a screen recording; which will be saved in the clipboard. The clipboard itself now stores up to five objects copied by the user. Also, controls for media content playback are also now present in the quick settings panel.
Sharing files, images, and links between apps and the browser just got easier with the Share button. The Desks feature has also got an update. It adds support for up to eight virtual desktops and a new Overview mode for quickly switching between them. After restarting the laptop, the windows on the various desktops will be restored. And these are not all the innovations of Chrome OS, presented yesterday by Google.