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Chrome Beta 76 adds lazy loading for images, supports site dark themes, and even sneaks in a Tron reference

Chrome 75 was just released earlier this month, and right on schedule, Chrome 76 has entered the Beta Channel. This version is fairly massive, with plenty of changes that have been in the works for months. Without further ado, let's jump in!

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Google Chrome desktop's Tab Groups feature gets colorful, Send to Self teases history list

Tab grouping is a feature many Chrome users are excited to get, especially since other browsers have been capable of similar for a while. The feature is still a while away from being released in the stable version of Chrome, but the latest update in the Canary channel includes colors for each group and automatically opening links from the same site in the same group. The Send to Self feature for sharing tabs with Chrome on another device now has a history page.

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[Update: Coming in v76] Chrome on desktop platforms will soon show an Install button for Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps are pretty great. They can be installed to your computer, send push notifications, run offline, and more while still being isolated from the rest of your computer/phone/tablet. Thankfully, Google is now making it more obvious when apps can be installed to your device.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google introduces Android search and browser app choices for users in Europe

In the wake of the $5 billion antitrust fine it received from the European Commission last year, Google laid out plans to prompt Android users in Europe to choose a different default search or browser app. In a new blog post, Product Management Director Paul Gennai introduces the changes that will come as part of an imminent Google Play Store update.

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[Update: Flags in Stable channel] Hover-over tab previews in Chrome are coming, according to latest Canary builds

When it comes to the most popular internet browsers, Microsoft Edge isn't exactly at the top of the list, but Google Chrome could be getting one of its features. Edge has a feature that allows you to preview the contents of a tab by hovering over it to show a screenshot without having to visit the tab itself. Google has added two new flags to Chrome Canary that suggest a similar feature could be on its way.

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Chrome 75 improves dark theme, adds password generator, lets web apps share files, and more

It has been just over a month since the last major Chrome release, and right on schedule, version 75 has arrived on all platforms. The Android version in particular has a few nice improvements, including a feature that was originally teased in 2017. Let's dive right in!

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Google Chrome Remote Desktop web app exits beta and replaces aging Chrome app

Google has been working with developers to gradually kill Chrome apps to replace them with Progressive Web Apps, which are easier to build and work across platforms. It's only natural for the company to do the same with its own software, as it is now encouraging users to switch to Chrome Remote Desktop's web app.

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Google Stadia cloud gaming debuts with $130 Founder’s Edition this November, free tier coming in 2020

Earlier this year, Google brought cloud gaming to the fore with the announcement of Stadia, its streaming platform that would bring 4K HDR visuals at 60 frames per second with very low latency to almost anything with a screen on it. The expectations have been set up, now we have a growing lineup of games to look forward to and a way to get early access to Stadia in November, but only if you're up to pay a pretty penny.

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Chrome Web Store will ban extensions with deceptive installation tactics starting July 1st

Browser extensions have always been a two-edged sword. On the one hand, they offer invaluable services to power users by enabling them to customize their web surfing experience as needed, but on the other hand, I still remember the toolbars of old and how some more regular users added dozens to their browsers, bugging down their machines. Many people don't even know that they've installed them, as they're offered with deceptive tactics. Thus, Google has already removed the often-abused inline installation option from Chromium last year. And on Thursday, the company also announced that it's further restricting deceptive installation tactics.

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Google still plans to kill Chrome's existing adblock APIs

Earlier this year, Google got the internet riled up when it tentatively planned to remove the APIs that content blocking extensions including ad blockers use. The proposed replacement API wouldn't be as powerful or flexible, so both users and developers forwarded their complaints to Google. However, the company is mostly sticking to its guns.

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