Google has highlighted six new features coming to release its Chrome M103 for iOS web browsers. Probably aware of Apple’s reputation for strict security, the biggest changes include anti-malware certification, but the changes include everything from translation to password-auto-filling.
Google says it will “bring more innovation to Chrome on iOS in the coming weeks.” But for now, new features are coming to your iPhone soon:
Improved secure browsing, A Chrome feature designed to thwart malware and phishing attacks, comes to iOS for the first time. This will alert iPhone users to dangerous web pages and warn them if compromised credentials are compromised.
You will be able to set Google Password Manager as the autofill provider To create and access website login and password. Google says it will also work for other iOS app logins.
Discover online: Google says it “makes it easier to browse content, start a new search, or return to the sites you visit the most.” It has no more details, not even a screenshot so you can see what it looks like
You can Browse the website in the language of your choiceThanks for the translation powered by On-Device Machine Learning.
Chrome Action: Has pre-written functions for a range of common functions, such as “clear browsing data” or “set chrome as default browser.” Start typing the action name, or something similar to the action name, into the address bar, and Chrome will recommend it as a quick-access command. Google says Chrome will also know when to predict when a task may be effective.
Redesign the three-point menu. Google has not offered any screenshots of the new design, but says it will “make it easier to find the features you’re looking for.” The vertical sequence of actions has been adjusted to bring commonly used actions to the top of the list, and specific actions have been highlighted to make them easier to identify.
Given Apple’s preferential treatment of its own Safari software, it has been difficult for manufacturers of historically competing browsers to capture a significant portion of the iPhone user base. Safari is pre-installed and set as the default browser out of the box; Reaching the same state of Chrome and its ilk requires multiple user steps. (Learn how to default Chrome on your iPhone in our tutorial.)
Before the launch of iOS 14 in 2020, in fact, iPhone owners could not set anything other than Safari as the default browser no matter how hard they tried. Apple has made some progress in this area, and competition regulators around the world will be closely monitoring to make sure it doesn’t stop.
Google told us today that the version with new features of M103 “will be available to users in the coming days.” An earlier version of the M103 began rolling out earlier this week – Chrome for iOS 103.0.5060.54 hit the App Store on June 21 – but that update still doesn’t include the features listed above.