It hasn’t been too long since Chrome 29 hit desktop operating systems with smarter omnibox suggestions, but Google isn’t resting on its laurels. The search giant is baking its core product into the browser with a new update.
Now, the New Tab page of Google Chrome will show you the familiar Google logo and search box, which you would normally see if you visited Google.com. Under the search box, you will find your most visited tabs, as usual. And yes, it will also update when there’s a special Google Doodle, whether boredom-busting games or amazing videos.
“Speed is one of the core tenets of Chrome, and (so) we’re rolling out a feature that can make searching faster and simpler with a streamlined New Tab page,” the company said in a blog post. “This feature is built on open APIs so any search engine can create their own ‘new tab’ page in Chrome.”
Similarly, Google is making it easier to search by image. Whenever you see any image, you can right-click it and hit ‘Search by Image’ in the context menu to run a Google Search on it.
On the mobile front, Google Chrome for Android has got a few new gestures that allow users to quickly switch between tabs or access the menu. Specifically, users can swipe horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs; drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view; and drag down from the menu to open the menu and select the item you want without having to lift your finger.