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Chrome will soon let you permanently mute websites

A lot of awful things can happen on the internet, but few are as terrible as landing on a website that automatically plays videos with sound. Thankfully, this is something Google is addressing in a future update to Chrome. You will be able to block sound on a per domain basis using the page info bubble.

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Chrome on Android adding support for third-party search engine logos

Earlier this year, an anti-trust lawsuit in Russia led Google to make some changes with Chrome on Android. The settlement required Google to develop a search widget that uses any search engine, which shipped as part of Chrome 60. Chrome also now asks users in Russia to pick a search engine when first installed. In a related move, Google is adding support for custom search engine logos in Chrome for Android.

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You can now run multiple release channels of Chrome side-by-side on Windows

Although on Android it's been possible to install different releases of Chrome simultaneously to compare versions and test things out on t, the same thing hasn't been true on Windows and Mac. Once you installed Chrome, it defaulted to the stable channel and you could go into settings to switch to the Beta or Dev channel, but you couldn't have both or all 3 side-by-side. That made it difficult for devs to test their sites or web apps on new versions of Chrome while still being able to monitor their status on the current stable release. (I haven't looked into it, there might have been workarounds, but there was no official solution).

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Chrome's new tab page might be getting "Site Exploration" categorized content

Google's Chrome team often experiments with different UI changes, with some ending up in the stable release and some not. "Chrome Home UI" recently made its debut, with its rounded elements and bottom nav bar. The latest feature to be tested on Chrome Canary introduces categorized content on the new tab page.

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Google rolling out auto-playing video previews in Search

No one likes auto-playing video, but auto-playing previews can be helpful in certain cases. Last month, Google began testing autoplaying videos for select searches (like movie trailers). Now the company is rolling out video previews more widely on its mobile Search.

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Chrome Home interface enabled by default in Chrome Beta for some users

The 'Chrome Home' interface, which only moved Chrome's address bar to the bottom of the screen, first appeared back in October. Since then, it has turned into a complete overhaul of the app's interface, with a revamped New Tab Page being added into the mix. Now it's showing up in Chrome Beta by default for some users.

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Allo for web hands-on: Works well enough, as long as you like Chrome

Google's newest messenger app, Allo, was released about a year ago. The app's momentum dropped shortly after release, but that hasn't stopped Google from continuing to improve it. At long last, Allo has gained a web client, but has it been worth the wait?

Setting it up

Unlike Hangouts and similar cloud-based messaging services, your phone acts as the intermediary between your computer and Allo. Anything you do (send/receive a message, start a new chat, etc) is actually performed by your phone, which sends the response back to your computer. As such, your phone will need a working internet connection for the Allo web client to work.

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Chrome Canary 62 has a new rounded interface for Chrome Home

The experimental 'Chrome Home' interface first appeared in October of last year, and at the time, only moved Chrome's address bar to the bottom of the screen. Google has continued to work on it since then, like adding a revamped New Tab page with a bottom tab bar. A new flag has appeared in Chrome Canary, that further changes the Chrome Home interface by making everything round. In other words, there's a new experiment for the experimental UI.

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Chrome OS set to get trackpad pinch-to-zoom, launcher gestures, and back button

Chrome OS started off as a very basic computer operating system, but over time it gained touchscreen capabilities and even the option to run Android apps. This naturally calls for more input and navigation capabilities, and some additions to the Chromium open source code indicates Google is hard at work on that. In the not too distant future, we should see features like trackpad zooming on Chromebooks, but maybe not all Chromebooks.

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Chrome now asks users in Russia to choose a search engine

Anyone who's been following technology news for long enough will remember Microsoft's infamous browser ballot screen in Europe, which was a result of antitrust action against the company for pushing Internet Explorer. Google is facing a lot of regulatory pressures in Russia right now, so it's doing something similar. When opening Chrome for Android in Russia, users are being asked to choose a default search engine.

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