Google Chrome’s latest update on iOS brings improved security, the Discover feed and more – TechCrunch

As part of a broader update to its Chrome web browser, Google today announced a handful of new features for the latest version of Chrome for iOS. One of the key innovations is that the Chrome app gets access to Google’s enhanced Safe Browsing feature, which proactively warns you about dangerous websites. Other updates include UI changes, the ability to set Google’s password manager as an autofill provider, an updated speech recognition model, and more.

Some of these changes have been available in Android and desktop versions of Chrome for months or even years, but are now making their way to iOS.

For example, Enhanced Safe Browsing, which was available in Android and desktop versions of Chrome, finally comes to iPhones and iPads in this version. This feature can predict and warn users about dangerous websites by sending real-time data to Google Safe Browsing to check for things like malware, phishing, and other threats. Chrome also sends alerts to iOS users about compromised credentials so they can change their usernames and passwords accordingly.

Once the app is updated, users can enable Enhanced Safe Browsing on their iPhone or iPad via Chrome > More > Settings > Enhanced Safe Browsing.

Another feature available for iOS is something called “Chrome Actions,” which helps you perform certain tasks more easily without having to dig around in the app’s settings. For example, you can type actions like “Clear browsing data,” “Open Incognito tab,” or “Set Chrome as default browser” in the browser’s address bar. The app will then immediately forward you to the right page. The Chrome address bar can also predict when a user might benefit from a Chrome action based on the words they type, so you don’t have to know the right command. This has been available on desktop since 2020 and on Android since April 2022.

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The update also allows users to set Google Password Manager as their autofill provider, competing with other password utilities like 1Password or Dashlane and offering an alternative to the built-in password management system. When enabled, Chrome can help users manage and enter their passwords on any website or mobile app on their iOS device. The feature was previously available in Chrome on desktop and Android.

In terms of browser UI, Chrome’s main screen has been redesigned to now include more than just your recent tabs. You’ll notice that the app now provides access to the same Discover feed of personalized content that’s typically found on the Google mobile app’s home page. This will come to Chrome on Android in the future, Google notes.

Google is also improving Chrome’s website translation feature, which uses on-device machine learning to make websites available in your preferred language. iOS introduces an updated language detection model that accurately detects the language of the page you’re visiting and whether or not it needs translation.

Finally, based on the App Store release notes for Chrome 103, other minor changes were identified. These include the new ability to manage camera and microphone permissions for specific websites using the camera and microphone icons in the address bar, the ability to download iCalendar files and add them to your calendar, and remove duplicate tabs on the page “New Tab” in the background. Some noticed that Chrome’s three-dot menu (overflow menu) also got a few tweaks to better highlight the Bookmarks tab and Reading List, which are now higher up the list.


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