iPhone users: Google Chrome on iOS gets 5 new features

Google has just updated Chrome for iOS so it can autofill any app’s password and brings four more features to improve its browser for iPhone and iPad.

Chrome also has a password manager – Google Password Manager – for desktop and Android, and its service is now getting a boost on iPhones and iPads.

“On iOS, you can set it up as an autofill provider so Chrome can help you quickly and securely create, store, and fill in your passwords on any website or app on your iOS device,” said said Nasim Sedaghat, Google Chrome Product Manager, in a blog post announcing five new features for Chrome on the iPhone.

Enhanced protection against phishing and malware

The move brings Chrome on iOS closer to Apple’s iCloud Keychain password manager, which allows users to sign in to most apps and websites with an Apple ID. The password autofill feature should help make Chrome more useful on the iPhone. While Chrome is the most widely used browser on Windows desktops, the iOS version of Chrome is rated by users at just 3.6 out of 5 on the App Store.

Google is also promising stronger protection against phishing and malware on iPads and iPhones through its Enhanced Safe Browsing service.

Enabling this feature for Chrome on iOS will allow the browser to predict and warn users if they visit a webpage that Google’s systems have previously detected as hosting phishing pages or malware.

Data breach alert function

Chrome on iOS will also have a Breach Alert feature, which will allow Chrome to notify users that their credentials have been compromised in a third-party data breach.

The third feature aims to help Chrome users on iOS discover new content and start a Google search when the user hasn’t interacted with Chrome for a while.

“You’ll still be able to find all your recent tabs, but we’re also making it easy to navigate through content, start a new search, or easily return to your most frequently visited sites.” This change will also be coming to Android soon,” Sedaghat noted.

Chrome on iOS uses on-device machine learning to translate websites into different languages. Google has launched an updated language identification model to “accurately determine the language of the page you are visiting, and whether it needs to be translated to match your preferences.”

Google also said Chrome Actions will be coming to iOS soon. Actions allow users to type the title of an action into Chrome’s address bar, such as deleting browsing history, opening a private incognito tab, or setting Chrome as the default browser .

Source: “ZDNet.com”

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