Have you noticed that your Google Browser now has icons with round corners. The reason for this is that it is the new version – Chrome 69. Although the round corners are the most noticeable change, other innovations have caused criticism too.
One of the changes has already been reversed by Google. All information is available from us.
A look back in history: Google Chrome
In early September 2008, Google released its first browser version: Google Chrome was born. Ten years ago it competed with the then top dogs Firefox and Internet Explorer. Today Internet Explorer is history and Firefox has lost its power. In contrast, the former rookie on the browser market is now virtually the sole ruler with about 60 percent of the market share.
It is considered relatively safe compared to other browsers, as you can read in our blog post browser comparison. Despite this, security holes are discovered on a regular basis, which then means you have to carry out an immediate update. We have reported on this in the posts Google Chrome Browser and Chrome vulnerability.
Chrome 69 – Update and the consequences
The update to Chrome 69 has come with some changes. The most noticeable change is the rounded corners and transitions of the tab display. Even the rounding of other elements such as the address bar and search bar – the additional window for suggestions when typing in the address bar, are striking. Not new, however, is the slanted representation of the tabs. Which Chrome has used from the beginning.
Another innovation in Chrome 69 is much more problematic: If you are a Chrome user with an active Google Account on the internet, you will automatically be logged into the browser. Even if you never linked your Google account to your browser. Google failed to mention this fact in the official announcement of Chrome 69. Was this done deliberately?
Chrome 69 will log you in automatically
So far, Google has not automatically linked the browser to your user account. Instead, the registration was voluntary. It’s different with Chrome 69. Now Google has merged both logins, so you’re logged in or out of the Google Account and the browser at the same time. If you are logged out, there will be no browser synchronisation.
Browser synchronisation means that, for example, search histories, passwords and bookmarks are automatically synchronised and also available on other devices. If you have previously deliberately opted out of these functions for privacy reasons, you’re probably now feeling quite deceived. Cryptography professor Matthew Green gets annoyed in a blog post .where he speaks of “serious implications for privacy and trust” and says he will change to another browser after having used Chrome for ten years.
Browser data reconciliation remains voluntary
Even with version 69 of Chrome, you are not forced to allow browser data synchronization. You will still need to agree to synchronise with other Google services.
If you want to log in to Gmail without being logged into your browser at the same time, you can use the guest or incognito mode in Chrome, for example. The pages you visit will not appear in your browser history, and no cookies will be stored. If you close all windows, no traces will remain.
Chrome 69 has dinosaur game with Easter-Eggs
But Google also came up with a little surprise with Chrome 69. For its anniversary, the Internet giant has unlocked the Dino-Birthday-Easter-Egg. Of course the dinosaur game is not new. It appears whenever Chrome has no connection to the Internet. In the current birthday version you don’t just avoid cacti, you also collect small, colourful cakes. And to match the occasion, the Dino wears a party hat.
You want to try it out? You don’t have to disconnect your internet connection. Just call up the game via the link, hit the space bar and the Dino will start to run.