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(Update: Live in Stable) Google Chrome for Android gets long-press menu on tab switcher button

Google is constantly A/B testing a plethora of changes in its products, and the company's Chrome browser is one of its biggest testing grounds. We've only recently compiled a list of experimental features tucked away behind flags or simply hidden from users. Soon, another might join this club, as it has just been discovered that Google's Android version of the browser has a long-press menu for the tab switcher in the works. It allows you to easily close the current tab or open another without entering Chrome's multitasking view.

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Chrome feature secretly rolls out, breaking business tools for thousands before Google can fix it

Google's known for regularly tinkering around with its apps through server-side updates, staged rollouts, and A/B testing, all for the sake of improving the user experience. While most of these changes are executed without a hitch, every now and then, something big breaks. Most recently, Google managed to crash the Stable version of the Chrome browser on thousands of business machines without warning.

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Chrome testing busy grid tab switcher with Incognito toggle, search bar, and site shortcuts

Chrome is in a perpetual interface test. Every few weeks, we discover a new flag that turns things around like putting the URL bar at the bottom or eschewing the large tab cards for a smaller grid tab switcher. Google seems ready to settle on the latter as the latest Chrome Dev and Canary use this as the default layout but with a busier look that mashes elements from the new tab page into the tab switcher, with lots of icons, bars, and toggles.

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Chrome 'speed badging' will shame websites that load slowly

Thanks to Google's near-monopoly on the browser market, Chrome has been slowly pushing websites to adopt better practices. The browser helped increase adoption of HTTPS, restricted new APIs to secure websites, and accelerated the death of Adobe Flash (though we can also thank Steve Jobs for that last one). Now the Chrome team will increase its focus on alerting people about slow websites.

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Google plans to add image support to Chrome Shared Clipboard

One of Chrome's most powerful and convenient features is its ability to sync data like bookmarks, passwords, and browser extensions across multiple devices. Chrome's usefulness got a boost when it began integrating a native clipboard sharing capability aptly called Shared Clipboard back in September.  In its nascent state, the feature was only capable of sharing plain text, including URLs, between devices. Now, further updates to the Chromium Gerrit have revealed the inclusion of image sharing in future versions of Chrome.

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Google Chrome 78 has a redesigned long-press context menu

Google Chrome 78 has been rolling out to the stable channel over the last few days, and among improvements to local file management and automatic verification SMS pasting, we keep finding changes here and there. One of these is a redesigned context menu that flies towards you with a spiffy new animation when you long-press a link, image, or video. It has been available as a flag in one form or another for more than two years, but Chrome 78 seems to have activated it for most people.

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Chrome Beta 79 enables WebXR API by default, opening door to more web-based AR/VR experiences

Chrome 78 has rolled out to all platforms, which means it's time for Chrome 79 to hit the Beta Channel. This update is definitely smaller in scope than the last few releases, but there are still a few interesting additions — especially if you're interested in VR/AR.

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Chrome 78 allows sites to edit local files, read verification SMS texts, and more (Update: Critical security fix)

Chrome 77 has pretty much finished its rollout across desktop and mobile platforms, so v78 has moved up to the beta channel. This update is jam-packed with new capabilities for web sites, so let's dive right in!

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YouTube Music on the web gets keyboard shortcuts and becomes a PWA

While almost all other music streaming services have long offered proper desktop applications (or an Electron app, at least), Google has always touted that websites are all you'll ever need. Still, it would sometimes be nice to have a dedicated window for music, including support for playback keyboard shortcuts. Google has finally budged, in a way, and is rolling out a progressive web app for desktops that offers these qualities.

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