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Chrome for Android is getting Google Reader-style RSS powers

Chrome for Android is getting Google Reader-style RSS powers

Google Reader used to be the pinnacle of RSS news consumption before it was discontinued in 2013, and many people are still bitter about its demise. While Google probably won't ever properly resurrect the service, it's currently working on the next best thing: An option to follow websites in Chrome, tapping into RSS. You can try it right now in Chrome Beta 92.

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Chrome OS is getting old-school cool with an upcoming productivity feature

Chrome OS is getting old-school cool with an upcoming productivity feature

Chrome OS has been steadily growing up over the years, with Linux and Android app support helping it to stray from its "just a browser" roots. Thanks to powerful multitasking features like virtual desks and window snapping, Google's operating system is a solid productivity choice for consumers and many professionals. To help you work even faster, Chrome OS will soon pick up a classic productivity feature that will give your Chromebook the old-school coolness you never thought you needed.

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An upcoming Chrome feature bridges the gap between all your devices even further

An upcoming Chrome feature bridges the gap between all your devices even further

Google has long positioned Chrome as the de-facto standard for a cross-platform browser, allowing you to sync your experience across phones, tablets, and desktop computers, no matter which operating system you use. Now Google is looking to improve the cross-platform workflow even further with significant enhancements to the "Send tab to self" feature, first introduced back in 2019.

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Wow, y'all really hate tab groups in Chrome for Android

Wow, y'all really hate tab groups in Chrome for Android

Any time a developer releases a new feature, the hope is that users will find it helpful. That isn't always the case. For example: the new tab groups feature in Chrome for Android, which is now the default behavior after being introduced in January. While the grouped tabs initially came with a chrome://flags option to turn it off, that option has been removed, and tab groups are now permanently enabled in all current versions of the browser.

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Google Chrome tab groups could get two nifty new features

Google Chrome tab groups could get two nifty new features

If you're a heavy user of Google Chrome, tab groups are likely a godsend for you, but the current implementation is far from comprehensive. As it turns out, Google is already working on improving the desktop experience and we can already get a glimpse of what's to come thanks to a new Canary flag.

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Chrome will make text snippet sharing much prettier in the future

Chrome will make text snippet sharing much prettier in the future

Google recently added the possibility to link to a specific text snippet from a website to Chrome, and it looks like the company wants to expand on that feature. As spotted by Chrome Story, the latest under-development version of Chrome is prepping a "Stylize highlight" sharing option that is sure modeled after Facebook and Instagram.

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Google ends its attack on the URL bar, resumes showing full address in Chrome

Google ends its attack on the URL bar, resumes showing full address in Chrome

Google has tried multiple times for years to dumb down the internet by simplifying Chrome's "scary" address bar. It first tried to erode the URL entirely by showing just search terms in the omnibox, but its impractical design forced Google to retire it. The developers recently tried to simplify the omibox again — this time hiding all parts of the web address except the domain name. While it received a fair amount of criticism from users, Google defended its decision to move forward, citing its intention to help people better identify malicious sites. But now it seems that Google has reconsidered things, as it recently decided to close the curtains on its experiment.

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Chrome for Android is getting a customizable shortcut in the address bar

Chrome for Android is getting a customizable shortcut in the address bar

Google is always experimenting with the Chrome interface, though a lot of these tests just end up being cancelled — looking at you, Chrome Duet. While the bottom navigation interface is probably gone for good for now, the company continues testing other novelties, and the latest change to hit the toolbar is a customizable shortcut between the address bar and the tab switcher.

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Update Chrome now before something awful happens to your devices

Update Chrome now before something awful happens to your devices

Your security online is paramount to a positive user experience, and the developers at Google are constantly working hard to keep you safe while browsing the web. But even as they endeavor to keep apps secure from the ground up, inevitably some security flaws fall through the cracks — including a recently discovered Chrome vulnerability that's being actively exploited today. Thankfully, Google rolled out an update to Chrome that patches it along with other exploits, and you'd be wise to install it as soon as possible.

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Google is preparing scheduled dark mode for Chrome OS

Google is preparing scheduled dark mode for Chrome OS

Dark mode has been soaring in popularity as a design trend over the last several years, and for good reason — it minimizes eye strain when using computers over extended periods (Editor's note: It also looks slick AF). With major platforms like macOS, Windows, and Android offering darker shades, it became clear Chrome OS had to catch up with the pack. Dark mode is still in ongoing development despite work on it dating back almost a year now, and it looks unfinished — even today. But Google hasn't thrown in the towel here, and it's now adding another highly requested feature to make dark mode even better.

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