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Chrome tests hiding URLs for Google searches

URLs for Google search results are big, ugly things that contain a lot of information you probably don't need to see most of the time. The team behind Chrome development is looking into remedying that eyesore, though, by showing your search terms in the Omnibox rather than the full URL for the results.

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'Lazy loading' feature to speed up browsing now available in Chrome Canary

Web pages are becoming more and more complex, but browser vendors have been hard at work trying to offset that with performance and caching improvements. For example, Service Workers allow sites to cache certain data locally to speed up load times (or work offline entirely). 'Lazy loading' is another performance enhancement that has been in development, and now it has arrived in the Canary channel of Chrome.

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Long press the back button to bring up your tab history in Chrome Canary v70

One of my most wanted features in Chrome is a quick way to access a tab's history, or even pull up my complete browsing history, to go back to a page or article I was checking earlier. Starting with Chrome 70, which is now in the Canary channel, there will be a flag that will let me do just that.

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Google Chrome starts suggesting more articles like the one you're reading

It's no secret that Google wants you to browse more and read more — this is a surefire way to see more ads from its network. Over the past months, we've seen suggested articles pop up everywhere in the Google Feed, Google News, Chrome's new tab page, and sometimes even when searching for something. You may remember a "People also view" sliding card that showed up when you were viewing a page from Google Search results. That card evolved over time into "View x related pages," and has now started showing up in Chrome as "More like this."

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Google is testing different placements for the new-tab button in Chrome Canary

It's no secret that Google may be planning a "Material Design 2" refresh for Chrome, possibly timed to roll out on or near the browser's 10th birthday in September. The new-tab button is one of the more visible elements that's being tinkered with, and now Google is testing a few different positions for that button via a new flag.

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Google testing new home button designs for Chrome on Android

Chrome for Android has had a home button since its inception, but only on certain devices. Google started experimenting with allowing all devices to have a home button in April, but the feature is still opt-in. Now it appears Google is experimenting with the button's design.

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Experimental 'Chrome Duplex' UI now has a tweaked address bar and easy tab switching

Google has been working on a new Chrome Android interface for nearly two years now. The first iteration was 'Chrome Home', which moved the address bar to the bottom of the screen. That interface was essentially done, but Google decided to scrap it for unknown reasons. The project was changed to 'Chrome Duplex' in February, with the address bar back at the top and a new toolbar at the bottom (much like Samsung Internet).

Earlier this month, several buttons were added to the bottom toolbar. In the latest builds of Chrome Canary, the interface has been tweaked again.

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Chrome OS Canary gets standalone dictation method for text entry

A new text dictation method is popping up in Chrome OS. As Google employee François Beaufort shared on Google+, an OS flag enables a new dictation method in the Canary build of the operating system that adds a microphone icon to the system tray as well as a keyboard shortcut for speech-to-text.

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[Update: Fixed, improved] New tabs on Chrome will soon be customizable with wallpapers

Chrome's new tab page has been plain white for as long as I can remember, with users seeking more customization opting for various other solutions. However, it seems like Google has finally seen the light, having added a "Customize background" button in the latest version of Chrome Canary on desktop. Too bad it isn't functional yet.

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[Update x2: Now in beta] Google might bring Chrome's home button to all Android devices

You may have noticed that when using Chrome on some devices, a home button appears in the address bar. This is because manufacturers can optionally include an APK called 'ChromeCustomizations.apk' in the system folder, which sets default values for the home link and bookmarks (there's an example here). Strangely, if you have a device without ChromeCustomizations.apk, you can't get the home button in the first place.

Now it appears that might finally be changing, according to a new flag discovered by XDA Developers.

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