Google has released the latest version of the Chrome browser for both iOS and MacOS today. Chrome 69 brings a significantly refreshed user experience on both platforms with a new bottom navigation look for the iPhone and iPad version of the app.
If you have the browser installed on your MacBook, you can type chrome://help in the omnibar and then click the “Check for update” button to install the new build. If you don’t have it installed, you can go to chrome.google.com to download it and install it.
On the MacOS version, you are going to see a much brighter and more modern look to the browser. Tabs are now rounded, icons have been updated, and there is a new color palette to go with it. All of this is part of Google’s Material Design look, an effort that the Mountain View company has been putting into a lot of their apps for desktop as well as mobile platforms. That new look extends to menus and prompts, as well as the omnibar in the browser.
For iOS, the changes are fundamentally the same although the navigation bar has moved to the bottom of the display. This, again, is the trend that Google has been showing in the updates to their apps over the past few months. Moving the navigation bar to the bottom should speed things up a bit, especially in one-handed operation of your iPhone.
In both platforms, Google has made a lot of under-the-hood improvements that should improve speed of browsing and you can now have Chrome generate secure passwords for sites much like Safari does on iOS and MacOS today.