Chrome 103 on iPhone: Menu Redesign, More Safe Browsing

Version 103 of Chrome is rolling out this week and Google is highlighting several new features on iPhone and iPad that include usability and security.

The three-dot menu (overflow) in the lower-right corner of Chrome on the iPhone has been redesigned “to be scannable and highlight key destinations.” It starts with a colorful carousel that provides quick access to bookmarks, history, reading list, passwords, downloads, recent tabs, and settings.

Actions such as Reload, New Tab, and New Incognito Tab are next, initially opening the panel halfway. Once it’s fully expanded, you’ll get bookmark, add to reading list, translate, query desktop site, search in page, zoom text, report a 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’ve been away for a while’. Google wants to “make it easier to browse content, start a new search, or easily get back to your most visited sites.” You can also access recent tabs, a change that is also coming to Android and has already been spotted in A/B testing

Other user-centric announcements include the first rollout of Chrome actions where you can enter things like ‘Clear browsing data’, ‘Open Incognito tab’ and ‘Set Chrome as default browser’ into the address bar and be immediately taken to the correct page. Google also has an “updated language identification mode”, which uses machine learning on the device to “accurately determine the language of the page you are visiting and whether it needs to be translated to suit your preferences.”

When it comes to security, Google Improved secure 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 unusual URLs and suspicious downloads. As of today, the ability to set up Enhanced Safe Browsing has not yet been widely rolled out (Settings > Google Services).

Chrome 103 is rolling out to iPhone and iPad, and App Store release notes identify additional changes:

  • Control camera and microphone permissions for specific sites using the camera and microphone icons in the address bar.
  • You can now download iCalendar files (iCal) and add them to your calendar.
  • Chrome removes duplicate tabs on the new tab page in the background.
  • Stability and performance improvements are included.

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