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Available on Google Play the new version of the browser

Despite the precociousness when it comes to the interval between one version and another, Google Chrome has prepared numerous changes in style. Functions that we can already enjoy if we update the app on Google Play.

Google Chrome: fast and secure

New Discover

Chrome 89 has some changes to the Discover feed on the New Tab page. Currently, the articles in the Discover section are listed on cards, but in Chrome 89 they are only separated by dividers. The title font also changes, which appears to have larger letters in Chrome and perhaps most importantly, the description preview has been removed.

chrome 89 discover

‘Read later’ function

Being an imported feature from Chrome Canary, it is now here, albeit not enabled by default. In Google Chrome 89 stable you can already use Read more, although you must first activate the flag #read-later. Also, there is another optional flag called #read-later-reminder-notification, what sends you a notification if it’s been a week and you still haven’t read a saved article.

After activating these Chrome flags -and restarting the browser- you can add web pages to the Reading List from the context menu that appears when doing a long tap on a link. Afterwards, you can access these web pages from the Reading List section, in the Bookmarks.

New pop-up with information from the web

Google is testing a new interface for the site information popup on Android, which appears when we press the lock icon in the address bar. The pop-up window usually displays the full address, information about the security of the page, and a list of permissions granted.

chrome 89 pop-ups

NFC support

In this version of Chrome 89, we have support for NFC connectivity. This means that NFC Web API is enabled at the factory, so that web pages – in conjunction with a device that has NFC – can read NFC tags for whatever purpose is convenient, such as museums and galleries, taking inventory, conferences, etc.

Testing for a new privacy

It’s a feature that Google has long been working on as the company’s planned replacement for third-party browser cookies. It is still a work in progress, but Google is aiming for it to be “a secure environment for personalization that also protects user privacy.” That is, it allows websites to personalize their content for you, without using identifiable information. However, it is necessary to activate it since it is not activated from the factory, although we will solve it with a simple flag # privacy-sandbox-settings.