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Google rolls out Chrome update with nifty features, serious performance upgrade

Google is out with a new update for its Chrome that boasts of a serious performance improvement as well as some new features for the users of both desktop and mobile versions of the browser.

twitter-logoSarthak Dogra | April 16, 2021 | Updated 20:18 IST

Highlights

  • Google has highlighted the new features on Chrome in a recent blog.
  • It states that the web browser now offers up to 65 per cent improvement in Energy Impact for Mac.
  • With the update, Chrome users will also gain new features like link to highlighted text, new PDF functionality and more.

Google has started rolling out a new update for the Chrome web browser to its desktop and mobile users. The update is being deemed as a powerful step up from the previous Chrome versions with its back-end improvements, along with some updates to the user-end of the web browser.

The rollout comes after the v90 Chrome update hit the stable channel earlier this week. It is now being made available to mobile users through the Play Store, while desktop users can look for it on their desktop browser's built-in update tool.

Earlier this week, Google had announced the backend updates on the v90 of the web browser for developers. In a new blog, it now highlights the changes and new features that Chrome users can expect to benefit from every day.

First, Google promises a significant performance improvement in Chrome with this version, leading to "more battery life, less fan noise and less heat." It says that Chrome now reclaims up to 100MB per tab, more than 20 per cent on some popular sites.

As for the numbers, the blog mentions up to 65 per cent improvement in Energy Impact for Mac, when active tabs are prioritized over tabs that are not being used. It claims that this leads to around 1.25 more hours of battery life. Similar results are being observed on Windows, Chrome OS and Linux. On Android, Chrome starts up 13 per cent faster even with multiple open tabs.

Other than the performance upgrade, there are several new features that users will be able to see on Google Chrome -

Link to highlighted text - with the update, Chrome will let users share information on a web page more precisely than ever before. A new "link to highlight" feature has been added to the browser that will let users copy the link to a specific part of a web page, a paragraph, for instance.

Those clicking on the link will then be redirected to the exact part of the website that the sender wanted them to see.

New PDF features - viewing a PDF on Chrome will now offer several new actions that the user can take. The PDF viewer on the web browser will support a two-page view as well as an updated toolbar at the top that houses functions like zoom, save, print etc.

Chrome will also let users view the document properties of the particular PDF.

Option to name Chrome windows - Chrome will now let users assign names to Chrome windows they use. The feature is a big plus for the multi-taskers who always have multiple Chrome windows open on their systems.

By assigning a name, users will be able to shift or look for tabs within the right window easily.

Chrome users will now also be able to mute all notifications when presenting or sharing their Chrome windows.

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