Chrome 93 is All About Convenience, Progressive Web Apps, and Material You Previews (APK Download)
Google released Chrome 93 on the stable channel, and it should start rolling out to your phone and computer as we speak. We’re expecting quite a few changes, with Material You design elements, new metrics to try out, better cross-platform communication when it comes to SMS OTP codes, prettier (or at least more useful) windows for web apps, And much more . Here’s a look at all of the changes we’ve spotted.
Screenshots of Material You
When you activate the right flags (chrome: flags # theme-refactor-android andchrome: flags # dynamic-color-android), you will get the first Material You items in Chrome 93 on Android 12. In the settings, you will see a subtle shade of your main wallpaper color as the background of the top bar, and the preview tabs. tabs are more rounded and use the colors of your wallpaper. A few other places are also based on extracted colors, like highlights and text toggles. However, there is a lot more to come in Chrome 94.
Google search horizontal strip
Google recently announced a few Chrome Beta experiences, and some of them are also available in the stable version. There is what is called Continuous search navigation which you can activate by navigating to chrome: flags / # continuous-search. The experience gives you the ability to display your Google search results in a strip below the address bar, reducing the need to go back to open another result. We have more details about this in our article here.
Fancy Quote Sharing Cards
Another experience we spotted earlier in the beta allows you to send stylized text cards when you want to share quotes from your favorite articles. They look a bit like text messages in Instagram stories, but they really do provide a prettier experience. You can activate it under chrome: flags / # webnotes-stylize. Once done, the option to create a card will appear in Chrome’s share menu when you highlight some text and press the share button.
Multi-device support for OTP codes
Google is giving developers all the tools they need to make SMS-based two-factor authentication via one-time codes (OTP) much less complicated. When you are signed in to the same Google account on your phone and on your desktop installation of Chrome 93, you will be able to seamlessly paste your phone’s SMS OTP codes to your desktop for supported sites. Of course, SMS is not the safest method when it comes to OTP, but it’s still better than nothing, and making it less complicated to use is worth a lot.
You can test this for yourself on web-otp-demo.glitch.me by sending an SMS with the exact words indicated on the site (yes, I was also surprised to learn that it is possible to send SMS). Just make sure you have it all preconditions in place. Now you will just have to wait for your bank or credit union to take over this in 2032.
PWA as URL handlers
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are about to look even more like native apps on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Chrome 93 starts up an exam which allows developers to declare web applications as URL handlers. For example, if you use Twitter as a PWA created in Chrome, all twitter.com links could automatically open in the dedicated PWA interface, further bridging the gap between native apps and web apps. This could be especially handy for Gmail, I think. On Android, this feature has been available for some time as part of the WebAPK installation method.
To experience this you will need to activate the chrome: // flags / # enable-desktop-pwas-url-handling flag, although there will probably be little or even no application to support it at the moment.
Prettier inbound PWAs
Do you know how some desktop apps like the Microsoft Office suite and many Apple apps take advantage of the extra space available in their system title bars? Chrome PWAs may soon benefit as well, thanks to a new window control overlay API. It allows developers to use the space in the title bar and fill it with a search bar, playback controls, and whatever else they can think of.
Yes, this is the example of Google. I’m serious.
This feature is expected to become stable in Chrome 94, and if adopted widely, it could make PWAs much more native.
Better multiscreen support for web applications
Slideshows, presentations, and other multi-screen or multi-window experiences are set to improve with an experience launched in Chrome 93. A new multi-screen window placement API will allow developers to place windows at windows. Precise locations on multiple screens, allowing you to view your speaker notes on your laptop screen while showing your presentation on the projector (for example). Google also gives multi-window graphics editors like GIMP or virtual trading desks as examples of multi-window experiences that could benefit from it. It will likely be some time before web applications take advantage of this ability, but it’s something to look forward to.
A collection of developer-focused changes in Chrome 93.
Here are a few more changes that we’ve covered in depth before and most of which are still hidden behind flags:
- Improvements to recently closed menus: Starting with Chrome 93, you can restore individual pages from recently closed groups of tabs. This can be activated under chrome: flags / # tab-restore-sub-menus.
- Separate bookmarks and playlist: Google has added a flag that allows you to separate creating bookmarks from adding sites to your reading list.
- Sidebar for bookmarks and playlist: Speaking of which, Chrome 93 for desktops has another indicator that lets you activate a handy sidebar with your bookmarks and reading list. Here’s all you need to know.
- Send tab to personal improvements: Chrome 93 is changing how tab sharing works on your Chrome installations, foregoing system notifications on many platforms. Read all about it here.
- New widgets for Android: Chrome 93 for Android has new widgets hidden behind a flag that appear to be inspired by their iOS counterparts. Read more about it here.
- WebXR aircraft detection API: Augmented and virtual reality applications are now able to retrieve data from planes in your environment, which enables developers to create more immersive and realistic experiences.
Chrome 93 is the last version to be released on Google’s six-week cycle. Starting with Chrome 94, which is expected to become stable on September 21, new versions will be coming to us every four weeks, so expect the version numbers to change even faster in the future.
You can download the new version of Chrome from the Play Store or from Mirror APK. If you opt for the latter route on Android 10 and above, do not forget to install the corresponding one Trichrome library, too much.
UPDATE: 09/01/2021 at 2:56 am PDT BY MANUEL VONAU
This article previously covered the Chrome 93 beta launch and has been updated to cover the stable version, with some more changes and details coming from Google.
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