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Chrome will officially shut down Supervised Users feature in October 2018

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Google announced the deprecation of Chrome Supervised Users at the start of 2018. The tool allowed a Chrome user to allow, block, or manage access to sites for supervised users designated under their account. Now we know that v70 of the browser, slated for an October 2018 release, will mark the official end for the feature.

A Chromium Gerrit commit says: "Show an infobar to supervised users announcing EOL in M70." That's a fairly clear indication that Chrome v70 will bring the end of the feature.

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Chrome will officially shut down Supervised Users feature in October 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Quick reply support for Chrome on Android in testing

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Quick replies were first introduced around two years ago with Android 7.0 Nougat, making it more convenient for everyone to respond to messages without having to open a new app for each one. Google is now testing quick replies for Chrome on Android, though the feature isn't yet accessible to any of us commonfolk.

Websites can already send notifications via Chrome on Android devices, but quick reply support would make things much more streamlined for chat-related sites.

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Quick reply support for Chrome on Android in testing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Migrating payment card info from Chrome to Google Pay might soon be possible

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

At the moment, it's possible to sync the payment cards you have in Google Pay with Chrome's autofill feature. This is incredibly handy for when you make purchases online, especially on sites that don't have Google Pay as a payment option. Unfortunately, it's not possible to sync your data the other way, from Chrome to Pay, but it looks like that functionality will be added in the near future.

According to a commit in the Chromium Gerrit, discovered by XDA Developers, an "intermediate bubble UI for local card migration flow" is being planned.

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Migrating payment card info from Chrome to Google Pay might soon be possible was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Live] Chrome may soon add ability to import new tab backgrounds from Google Photos

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Google added the option to customize Chrome's new tab page with a very familiar-looking selection of wallpapers last month. But if you thought Google was done working on the new tab page, you'd be wrong. About Chromebooks recently discovered a new change in Chromium Gerrit that'll allow users to import their new tab backgrounds from Google Photos as well.

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[Update: Live] Chrome may soon add ability to import new tab backgrounds from Google Photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: Google Maps on the web tells you when it’s time to leave for your appointments

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

You're working at your desk or leisurely browsing from your computer at home, you forget you have a meeting or event soon and that you should leave to make it on time. Your phone may or may not notify you that it's time to leave, and if it does, you likely miss it. Next thing you know, you're rushing out and reaching your destination late, or you get a very angry call from the person you were supposed to meet.

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Tip: Google Maps on the web tells you when it's time to leave for your appointments was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome is using 10-13% more RAM because of Spectre mitigation efforts

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

If you feel like Chrome's been using more RAM on the desktop client since the v67 release a month back, good news: you're not going crazy! Bad news: it definitely is using more RAM (again, on the desktop).

That's because of an advanced new security feature the Chromium team has rolled into the latest version of Google's infamously memory-hungry browser, known as Site Isolation. I'll spare you the technical details, but the short of it is that because the growing number of memory leak vulnerabilities being exposed as part of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws, the Chrome team has decided to enable Site Isolation by default in Chrome on the desktop as of version 67.

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Chrome is using 10-13% more RAM because of Spectre mitigation efforts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome to soon add ability to import new tab backgrounds from Google Photos

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Google added the option to customize Chrome's new tab page with a very familiar-looking selection of wallpapers last month. But if you thought Google was done working on the new tab page, you'd be wrong. About Chromebooks recently discovered a new change in Chromium Gerrit that'll allow users to import their new tab backgrounds from Google Photos as well.

Here's the Gerrit entry ('NTP' is short for 'new tab page'):

[NTP] Add Google Photos option for custom backgrounds

Allow users to select one of their photos from Google Photos and set it as the NTP background image.

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Chrome to soon add ability to import new tab backgrounds from Google Photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s beautiful new Material Design 2 UI for Chrome is coming, now in Canary builds

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Back in April, Google began experimenting with a new, alternate version of its Material UI for the Chrome browser - but it was as an experimental flag, not a mainline feature. That appears to be changing. With the latest builds of Chrome on the Canary channel for Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, the Material 2 UI is now the default theme (on Mac you'll still need to enable it manually).

There are some changes from the version that was initially unveiled - tabs are now separated by small break lines instead of the more subtle rounded rectangle (only the currently open tab is shaped this way in the latest revision).

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Google's beautiful new Material Design 2 UI for Chrome is coming, now in Canary builds was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is testing different placements for the new-tab button in Chrome Canary

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

It's no secret that Google may be planning a "Material Design 2" refresh for Chrome, possibly timed to roll out on or near the browser's 10th birthday in September. The new-tab button is one of the more visible elements that's being tinkered with, and now Google is testing a few different positions for that button via a new flag.

The flag is accessible at chrome://flags/#new-tab-button-position in Chrome Canary for Chrome OS, Mac, Windows, and Linux.

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Google is testing different placements for the new-tab button in Chrome Canary was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome Duplex being renamed ‘Duet’ to avoid confusion with Google Duplex phone-call AI

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Back in May, Google announced something called 'Google Duplex' at I/O. The feature would be able to call businesses using humanlike speech patterns to set up appointments or make reservations. But months before that, the Chrome team had already renamed its experimental 'Chrome Home' interface to 'Chrome Duplex.' Chrome Duplex is now being renamed again to 'Chrome Duet' to avoid confusion with the fancy new Google Duplex.

The information behind this name change comes courtesy of a code change request in Chromium Gerrit, which reads:

Rename Chrome Duplex to Chrome Duet

This rename is to avoid name collision with Google Duplex; a feature completely unrelated to Chrome toolbars.

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Chrome Duplex being renamed 'Duet' to avoid confusion with Google Duplex phone-call AI was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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