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[Update: Now in Stable] Chrome Canary now has a (buggy) dark mode

Google is still in the process of adding a dark mode to all of its applications, in preparation for Android Q's system-wide dark mode toggle. Chrome is one of the few remaining holdouts, but not for much longer. A dark mode toggle has been added to the experimental Canary branch of Chrome, though it's a bit buggy right now.

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Google Chrome to support lazy loading by default, starting with version 75

With ever heavier and more complex websites, protocols like lazy loading are a gift from heaven – they allow sites to only download images and iframes the user sees, leaving out those that are out of view. While that has been possible through JavaScript libraries for years, native implementations should always be favored, since they're the least resource hungry. This is exactly what the Chrome team has been working on for the last year, with first hints in February and a test on Canary that started in August. Now, Google announced that it will enable it by default starting with Chrome 75 stable in May.

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[Update: Improved] Chrome tab groups are live in Canary on Android

We've known for a while that the Chrome team was working on tab groups. The feature first showed up in Canary on the desktop, but it's now made its way to Android, also in the Canary channel. It's hidden behind a flag though, and works... sort of.

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Chrome gets swipe gestures to navigate back or forward

Another day, another Chrome flag. The browser is starting to let users swipe to go back to the previous page they had open, or come forward again. Even though we knew this behavior would be coming, we'd never seen it live before. A dip into the browsers' flags revealed one that triggers it.

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Chrome tests a grid layout for the tab switcher, but you can disable it

If you're using Chrome on your phone and you suddenly notice that the tab switcher is no longer a scrolling list of cards but a grid, you're not alone. Chrome is testing this new layout — we've received reports of it turning on by default for some users on Dev and Canary. A few seemed to like it, while others weren't all that happy about it. If you're part of the second camp, know that you can easily disable it.

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You can now enable dark mode for web pages and content in Chrome Canary

About a month ago we reported Google was working on a dark theme for Chrome, in preparation for a wider night mode throughout Android Q. Although this was a very anticipated feature, we expected it would only darken the menus and navigation bar but still render web pages in their original colors. This was before our colleagues over at 9to5Google discovered the browser is actually able to alter a site's design and display it in a darker skin.

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Chrome will soon warn you if you visit a phishing site with a lookalike URL

Phishing attempts involve a lot of trickery. You think you got an email from your colleague at androidpolice.com when you really received it from someone at androidpollce.com. Or you mistype one letter in a URL and you're taken to a site that looks exactly the same, but isn't the one you wanted. One minute later you've entered your email, password, and maybe credit card on an unknown site and your details have been stolen for good. Even the best of us (and the most tech-savvy and aware) can miss a small letter change, so it only makes sense that there's a more automated and systematic check that could save us from these situations.

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Chrome testing search-friendly omnibox with faster URL copy and share actions

Part of the changes introduced with Chrome's Duet interface (previously known as Duplex) is a new search button in the bottom bar that lets you jump to the address bar and perform a Google search. But until now, it wasn't clear that you could start typing a new query immediately, as the URL was still there and highlighted. A new Chrome flag has been added to clarify things, plus make it easier to share or copy the current page's URL. 

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Chrome is integrating the Google Password Manager UI natively

Chrome's developers have been busy lately. Just today, we spotted a Sneak Peek feature that loads a link in an overlay on the same page, and now we've come across another flag in Chrome Dev/Canary that brings an updated interface to your passwords, integrating the Google Passwords UI natively without redirecting you to a webpage.

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Chrome "Sneak peek" loads a linked page in an overlay without leaving the current page

When I'm reading an article or checking a page and notice a link that seems interesting, my default behavior is to tap and hold to open it in a new tab. I'm likely not yet done with the page I'm still on, and I don't know if the upcoming content will be worth leaving it for, so the separate tab solves that issue. A new behavior in Chrome might be more interesting though, as the browser is testing a "Sneak peek" feature that lets you load a link in an overlay without leaving the current tab.

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