All New Google Chrome Revealed Along With A Warning
Google has revealed a new look Chrome browser that is fresher has a new address and search bar, and tab style, and colours, but some may not like it Google warns.
The drastic change to the design of the browser since 2014 may not be to the liking of some who have become accustomed to the popular browser.
The experimental Chrome Canary browser has been released so that developers and beta testers can test it before a final release.
Announcing the redesign on social media, Google’s Francois Beaufort warned users the new forthcoming changes could take ‘a while’ to get used to.
Google claims that the refresh is set to deliver a number of touch-inspired changes to the user interface, and more white space.
Google has also expanded the size of the address bar and search box, known as the ‘omnibox’, which they claim will make it easier to select on touchscreen notebooks.
It has also tweaked the colour to a shade of grey, compared to the previous white.
The updated omnibox also includes support for icons, which appear as you start to type and indicate whether the suggestions generated by the software as websites, or shortcuts to launch a Google search.
Tabs have also been redesigned to a tall, rectangular shape with rounded corners, dropping the angular trapezoid shape of previous versions of the web browser.
Francois Beaufort, Chromium Evangelist at Google, announced the new design in a Google+ post with the first official image of the new look.
‘Plenty of things have been updated for the better in my opinion,’ Beaufort wrote.
However, he warns those who are keen to download the new software that it is ‘still being actively developed’ and as a result ‘you may stumble upon bugs’.
Google+ users responded to the announcement of the new design, with some speculating the changes were made to ensure the web browser was easier to use on touchscreen laptop and desktop computers.
Google started to tease an upcoming redesign of its hugely-popular browser earlier this year when developers spotted references to ‘Material Design 2’ in the underlying code in the software.
However, until now, it was unclear exactly what form the new look would take.
Chrome Canary on Windows, Linux and ChromeOS, now enables the new design by default, which suggests Google is getting closer to a final launch date for the new user interface.
WHAT FEATURES DOES THE NEW GMAIL INCLUDE?
Snooze – Gmail has added a hover menu that has the option to snooze messages until a specific time
Nudging – The nudging feature relies on AI flagging messages that are from a certain sender and contain specific content.
The company estimates that the ‘nudges’ feature will lead 8 per cent of business users each week to remember to follow-up on something important.
High priority notifications – Gmail will use its in-built AI to flag high-priority notifications. It says this will ‘help you stay focused without interruption’
Unsubscribe -Gmail will start suggesting when to unsubscribe from newsletters or offers you no longer care about
The new layout will allow users to click on attachments without needing to scroll through large conversations. The snooze button will allow users to delay some emails until they have time to address it Credit: Google
Attachment chips – You can view and download attachments without opening an email
Confidential mode – Users who enable a ‘confidential’ option when sending an email can time-limit its access to recipients.
The new setting does not override corporate email retention policies or present new obstacles to law enforcement.
Recipients can also be blocked from being able to forward, download or print an email.
Improved security – Google’s machine-learning algorithms will run safety checks on every message received and will alert users in bold when it spots something that appears to be a threat.
Two-factor authentication is also being added so users can request the recipient authenticates themselves with a passcode received by text message before opening the confidential mail.
Google is also trying to up its security and protection for users against fraudulent emails and spam with alert of potentially risky emails.
Google is also trying to up its security and protection for users against fraudulent emails and spam with alert of potentially risky emails
Smart replies – These will let users rapidly answer with an automatic response.
New look – Cosmetic changes bring Gmail’s website in line with Office by placing Google’s calendar, tasks and note-taking services within the same page as emails.
Generally, the design aims to be less cluttered with side panel that provide access to Google’s other apps such as Calendar.
How to get it – Users will be invited to opt in to the new changes from today, but most can also opt-in by going to ‘Settings’ and selecting ‘Try the new Gmail’.
In order to go back to the original Gmail, users can go to the same place and select ‘Go back to classic Gmail’.