Google Chrome 77 build hit stable on 10th September 2019. With that, we had several new features like the global media controls, more dark theme, new presets, etc. On top of it, you have several new features like clipboard sharing on Android coming up in the Dev and Canary build. So, to sum it all up here are the best features coming to Google Chrome.
Best Google Chrome Upcoming Features
1. New Tab Presets
This was a long time due and seeing the rise in popularity of the Bing Wallpapers, Chrome had to give in. In the previous builds, you had the option to set up custom backgrounds but in the latest developer build, Google even provides built-in presets and themes for the new tab.
Moreover, you also get a feature equivalent to Bing Daily which still doesn’t have a name. So, we will just call it Refresh Daily as per the name of the toggle. This will simply set up a new wallpaper on the new tab every single day. Additionally, you can also modify your home screen with custom website shortcuts or pre-populated ones based on your browsing history.
This feature is not available in the latest stable build but could make way in the next update.
2. More Dark Theme
Dark Mode is everywhere, from Android to iOS to Windows. Well, it pretty much existed in the previous version of Google Chrome as well but it was automatic to match with your OS theme. With Chrome 77, you get to manually change Themes and colors for the top bar. You can go about making your own RGB combinations as well, but the existing ones are mostly enough.
Now, earlier this dark theme wasn’t present in the developer’s options or Inspect menu, but in the latest dev build you have a dark theme for Developer tools as well.
3. Copy Styles of Elements
Talking about Dev tools, there is an interesting new feature which lets you copy the style of a particular web element. For instance, if I like the style of a button, I can just hit Ctrl+Shift+I, point to that control and right-click and select Copy Styles. This copies the CSS styles of the controls and you can then utilize it directly in your web apps.
4. Global Media control
The media control was a mess with Google Chrome as it frequently interfered with the Windows desktop applications. In Chrome 77, you have the Global Media Control flag which enables a small shortcut to control video or music playback. The shortcut is available on any tab and can control multiple media playback.
Read more about this feature here.
5. Clipboard Sharing
While Android 10’s new privacy-protection broke the cross-platform clipboard syncing, there seems to be some compensation in the latest Google Chrome Canary build. A flag-feature called “Sync Clipboard Service” lets you share the clipboard between devices with Google Chrome. As of now, we need Chrome Canary app on both the devices and the feature flag “Sync Clipboard Service” enabled.
6. Send Pages
Send Pages is a new Chrome feature that Android users will love and it makes sharing links and webpages easier. It lets you share your webpages between devices signed in with your Google account. Since this is a beta feature it’s not available in Google Chrome 77 stable. Hence, you will need to enable the following flags:
You can also tap on the address bar or the Omnibox for the Send Pages logo to appear. You can then tap on it and send to your intended devices.
This feature flag hasn’t trickled down to other Chromium-based browsers. I personally use Brave on my Android device and Send Pages doesn’t work yet.
These were some of the upcoming features in the latest developer builds of Google Chrome. For more issues or queries regarding Google Chrome 77, let me know in the comments below.
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