Again is the time of the month: Google launched a new version of Chrome for Android. Now we are ready for version 63, which brings some useful improvements and more changes to the developing interface & # 39; Chrome Home & # 39;
Google has been working on a major interface update for Chrome since October of last year, called & # 39; Chrome Home & # 39 ;. It began to take shape in March, and then it was renewed again in August. Google started implementing it with Chrome 62, but the vast majority of users are still in the previous design by default.
Modern user interface in Chrome 62
There are some new flags in Chrome 63, which indicate that Google is putting the finishing touches on Chrome Home. A new flag, & # 39; Chrome Home Promo & # 39; (# enable-chrome-home-promo), add an element to the overflow menu titled & # 39; You're using the new Chrome & # 39; Touching it opens a popup window that explains the new interface, with a switch to disable it completely.
Another banner called "Chrome Opt-out Snackbar" (# enable-chrome-home-opt-out-snackbar) is exactly what it looks like. If someone chooses to disable the Chrome Home user interface with the switch mentioned above, this indicator will ask users to conduct a survey. I'm sure most of the answers will be, "Why is everything white now?" and "why did my address bar move?"
Presumably, both indicators will be enabled each time Google decides to start implementing Chrome Home for everyone. It is not yet known when Google will disconnect the switch, but I would not be surprised if it is soon.
New indicator page
The Chrome indicator page, located in chrome: // flags, contains alternations for hundreds of functions and experiments (including the aforementioned Chrome Home user interface). But the page itself has hardly changed since the browser was introduced, and it is especially tedious to navigate on a mobile device. Fortunately, there is a new design in Chrome 63.
We first covered the new design when it arrived at Chrome Canary two months ago, and now it has reached the stable version. Everything is more spaced, small links are now big buttons, and there is finally a search bar.
& # 39; Minimal user interface & # 39; for web applications
When you add a site or web application to the home screen, Chrome checks the site's manifest file to see how the web application is displayed. So far, there have only been three options. The default option (also called & # 39; browser & # 39;) opens the web application in a new browser tab, & # 39; independent & # 39; open the application with the status bar visible but without the browser user interface, and & # 39; full screen & # 39; makes the web application appear in full screen.
From left to right: Default user interface, stand-alone user interface, minimal user interface
With Chrome 63, there is a new option that developers can use: & # 39; Minimum UI & # 39 ; In Chrome, this makes the web application look like a custom Chrome tab, and the web application can define the color of the user interface. This is ideal for web applications that still want users to easily access the current URL, such as blogs or news sites.
You can try a demonstration of the minimum user interface here. Simply add that web application to your home screen to see it in action.
As always, Chrome 63 Beta includes changes for both users and developers. Here are some smaller features that are included with this update.
- Autocompletion in the address bar has been improved.
- The new device memory API allows sites to determine the amount of RAM your device has.
- Chrome for Android now displays permission requests as pop-up windows, instead of banners at the bottom of the screen.
- Sites can use the new CSS property & overscroll-behavior & # 39; to change what happens when the page moves to the end.
- NTLMv2 authentication is now supported.
- The CSS / deep / and >>> selectors in Chrome have been removed.
- Web page buttons in Chrome for macOS should now look more original.
- The pop-up window to download
- On the desktop, it is now easier to see SSL certificates for websites.
The APK is signed by Google and updates your existing application. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Instead of waiting for Google to download this download to your devices, which may take days, download and install it like any other APK.