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Chrome for Android may gain a permanent Desktop View switch

Chrome for Android may gain a permanent Desktop View switch

Most websites (like this one) adjust their formatting automatically to account for screens of different size and density. But sometimes the formatting goes weird, and you just gotta pretend you're on your beige Dell from 2003. According to a recent patch in the Chromium Gerrit, Chrome on Android might be getting an option to toggle the "Request Desktop Site" option on a permanent basis.

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Chrome for Android is testing a radical shift in its Google Search interface

Chrome for Android is testing a radical shift in its Google Search interface

Google may have shelved one of the most anticipated Chrome features — Duet — but the company is still working on changing up little bits and pieces to make it easier to navigate the mobile browser. One of the latest experiments has been spotted by 9to5Google, which reports that a new flag moves Google Search into a carousel below the address bar, giving you quick access to other results.

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Chrome for Android starts showing most-visited site tiles in the Omnibox

Chrome for Android starts showing most-visited site tiles in the Omnibox

If you're anything like most web users, you have a core dozen or so sites that you visit regularly (including Android Police, right? Right?), while the rest you only peruse when it's pertinent. Chrome for Android is starting to recognize this, and give you more visible suggestions for your most-visited sites via new icons in the Omnibox.

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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 for Android is on the warpath with dropdowns

Google Chrome for Android is on the warpath with dropdowns

Drop down menus have been a part of graphical computer interfaces since the beginning, but they aren't particularly easy to interact with on touchscreens. Google is working on getting rid of them with a few measures on Android, such as moving the password autofill dropdown to a bar on top of Gboard. But it looks like the company also wants to further reduce the number of dropdowns you come across when you surf the web in Chrome.

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Chrome might automatically use desktop mode on Android tablets soon

Chrome might automatically use desktop mode on Android tablets soon

There aren't many big, high-powered Android tablets coming out these days. But if you're one of the happy few who have one, you could soon see the Chrome browser default to the "Desktop site" version of web browsing. That's the little button in the menu that allows you to force the page to render as if it were on a laptop or desktop PC.

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Surf the web more securely on Chrome for Android by activating Enhanced Safe Browsing

Surf the web more securely on Chrome for Android by activating Enhanced Safe Browsing

Google is already pouring tons of resources into helping us stay safe while we surf the web with measures like Safe Browsing for Chrome, and the company only recently introduced an enhanced version of this tool. It's widely available on desktops already, but it's only slowly rolling out on Android. If you want to get your hands on Enhanced Safe Browsing right away, there are two flags that will bring it to you.

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Chrome 86 will automatically check if your passwords have leaked and help you change them

Chrome 86 will automatically check if your passwords have leaked and help you change them

These days, we have a plethora of tools at our disposal that help us keep our online accounts safe, but no system is 100% fool-proof. And sometimes, login credentials do get hacked or are leaked. That's why many password managers have built-in breach checkers, and following the desktop version, Google Chrome for Android and iOS has also finally gained that ability. Starting with Chrome 86, the browser will notify you when passwords saved to your Google Account are compromised and help you change them as fast as possible.

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Closing your perfectly innocent incognito tabs will no longer cause Chrome to freeze

Closing your perfectly innocent incognito tabs will no longer cause Chrome to freeze

For the last two months, spanning from Chrome version 84 to 85, some people have been experiencing spontaneous interface freezes, mostly when trying to close their last incognito tab. Google acknowledge the issue quickly and promised a timely fix, and it seems like it's finally rolling out with the latest minor Chrome update. People on version 85.0.4183.127 report that the freezes have stopped for them, and the corresponding entry in the Chromium bug tracker has been marked as fixed.

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Google Chrome's overflow menu is about to get easier to navigate

Google Chrome's overflow menu is about to get easier to navigate

Google Chrome's overflow menu on Android has been rather hard to navigate for ages — it mostly consists of text-only entries, so whenever you try to find something in it without relying on muscle memory, you're forced to read through every single label. Google seems to recognize this problem, as it's experimenting with a redesigned menu in Chrome Beta that groups the entries and adds icons to each of them.

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