Google has announced five new features for its Chrome browser that aim to make web browsing more efficient and convenient. The new features are related to the address bar, also known as the Omnibox, which is where users can enter web addresses or search queries. The new features include:
Smarter autocomplete on desktop
Previously, Chrome would only autocomplete web addresses if the user typed the beginning of the URL exactly as it appears. For example, if the user wanted to go to Google Flights, they would have to type google.com/travel/flights or at least google.com/t. Now, Chrome can autocomplete based on any word that the user has previously used to search for a website. For example, typing flights would autocomplete to Google Flights, even if the user has never visited that site before.
This feature can save users time and keystrokes by completing URLs based on their past behavior and preferences.
Automatic typo correction on desktop and mobile
Sometimes, users may make typos when entering web addresses, such as gogle.com instead of google.com. Chrome can now detect these errors and offer suggestions based on the user’s previously visited websites. Chrome can also suggest popular sites even if the user has never visited them or mistyped the URL. For example, typing Google Earth would suggest the Google Earth website in the drop-down menu.
This feature can help users avoid frustration and confusion by correcting their mistakes and guiding them to the right destination.
Search within bookmark folders on desktop and mobile
Users who have a lot of bookmarks may find it hard to locate a specific one among them. Chrome now allows users to search within bookmark folders by including the name of the folder in the search query. For example, if the user has a folder named Travel, they can type Travel Paris and see suggestions from that folder only.
This feature can help users organize and access their bookmarks more easily by narrowing down their search scope.
Suggestions for popular sites on desktop and mobile
Sometimes, users may not remember the exact URL of a site they want to visit, or they may want to explore new sites related to their interests. Chrome now offers suggestions for popular sites even if the user has never visited them before. For example, typing News would show suggestions for news websites such as CNN, BBC, and The New York Times.
This feature can help users discover and access new content by providing relevant and popular options.
Improved visual layout on desktop
Chrome has also improved the visual layout of the address bar on desktop, making it easier to read and more responsive. The results will also start populating as soon as the user starts typing, meaning faster navigation to the intended site.
This feature can enhance the user experience by providing a clearer and quicker interface.
These upgrades are available in the Chrome browser starting today, with some available on desktop only, and some on both desktop and mobile versions. There is no update required to access the new features.