Google is rolling out the latest version of its Chrome web browser for Android users today. Google says Chrome v64 is supposed to make it harder for those annoying pop-up windows to show up and ruin your internet browsing experience.
The latest release of Chrome 64 for Android will stop auto-redirects to annoying and malicious tabs or windows from embedded code found on web pages. The new version also has improvements in its pop-up blocker that should keep users from clicking on links that may look like play buttons or controls. There’s also a new sound menu in Chrome 64’s settings that will allow users to mute any sounds that are automatically created by certain web sites when they are loaded. Additionally, Chrome now allows users to set up exceptions to these muted sounds.
Google has been quite open about its plans to make Chrome safer to use from websites that feature low-quality ads that flash quickly, generate sounds on the fly, or if they take over the full webpage. In December 2017, Google announced it would begin blocking those kinds of web ads on sites from Chrome starting Feb. 15 if they have received a “failing” status for more than 30 days. Those ads can be unblocked by Google if the offending site decides to fix these issues.
In addition to the ad blocking features, Chrome 64 for Android also has a number of stability and performance improvements. You can get the highly technical details at Google’s Chromium website. The new version will roll out to all Android devices over the next few weeks.
Oreo’s Smart Text Selection feature
December 7, 2017: With Chrome 63, Google added Android Oreo’s Smart Text Selection feature to the latest stable version of the browser. Now, instead of copying information and pasting it somewhere else manually, this handy method will automatically identify what app needs to be opened.
June 26, 2017: Google has officially added picture-in-picture (PiP) support to Google Chrome on Android.
New offline features
May 9, 2017: In a Google blog post, product manager Tal Oppenheimer announced some new improvements coming to Chrome for Android’s offline features. You can now tap and hold on any link to download it with the “Download link” option — something that is also possible with article suggestions that appear when you open a new tab. What’s more, the dinosaur page you’ll find in Chrome if you try to access a page while you’re offline now includes a “Download Page Later,” button. Tapping this will mean the page is automatically downloaded when you reconnect to the internet.
Finally, Google has also altered the “new tab” page so that you’ll now see your offline articles, indicated by their “offline badge.” Your most recent downloads will also be shown there at the right-side of the page, too.