Google Chrome 29 Adds Smarter Omnibox Suggestions & Other Tweaks [Updates]

Google Chrome 29 Adds Smarter Omnibox Suggestions & Other Tweaks [Updates]

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Chrome 29 is the latest build of the browser and it now comes with a smarter Omnibox. The Omnibox brought in a faster way to search with auto-suggestions, and now it gets better with some improvements under the hood. Google says that desktop browser users will see better Omnibox suggestions based on the recency of websites visited, “resulting in more timely and contextually relevant suggestions.” Mac users haven’t been left out in the cold either, as this version has support for rich notifications for apps and extensions that keeps the user in the loop as an app goes about its job.

The latest stable release of Chrome also brought in an interesting new control which allows users to roll back the browser to an earlier clean state. The Reset browser settings button restores browser settings to their original defaults without harming any bookmarks, saved history, or passwords. Think of it as a fail-safe troubleshooter which you can apply when an extension or an install goes wrong. It is just the thing for overzealous trigger-happy extension fans. The Reset browser settings button is located under Settings – Show Advanced Settings (screenshot below).

Chrome Advanced Settings

There’s some cheer for mobile users as well. Chrome on Android has been updated with better scrolling and startup performance. The mobile also gets the significant WebRTC and WebAudio support. WebRTC enables video chats directly in the browser without resorting to a plugin. The usual security updates wraps up the picture for the latest version. Of all the features announced, try out the smarter Omnibox and let us know if you notice any discernible improvements.

Source: Google Chrome Blog

Comments (16)
  • Mytalics

    I found my 1year old daughter poking randomly at my keyboard the day I realised this awfully large font size in the Omnibox. I blamed it on her actions thinking she had accidentally changed some settings; apologies sweetie.

    After searching several sites looking for a solution I discovered that the issue is due to the new version of Google chrome – v29. I therefore went out looking for the old chrome v28.

    Here is a step by step guide of how I got the old version with the more favourable font size:

    1. In the Omnibox type: chrome://version/
    2. On the left you will find chrome version: 29
    3. On the left again find the text: executable path
    4. Copy the path on the right side of Executable path leaving out chrome.exe
    a. I am on Windows XP so mine came up as C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\
    5. Paste the path into the search box for ‘my documents’ or ‘my computer’: you may need to ‘show hidden folders’ in your folder settings. You will end up in the \\Application folder.
    6. > Open the version 28 folder (28.0.1500.95)
    7. > Open installer
    8. > Run setup
    9. > If you still had Chrome open just close it and re-open no need to reboot PC. You now have your nice smaller font back.
    • I haven’t rebooted my PC to see if the update is pushed back on.

    I am going to use the v28 until Google decide to sort out the font issue. I have also copied the v28 folder to a secure location in case another update wipes it off my PC and won’t be able to reinstall.

  • Brian

    Not so into this… don’t they test this stuff before releasing it?? Ah, well, I use torch browser mainly anyway, and it hasn’t translated to that one, even though it’s chrome based.

  • Gil Torres

    There is no “Reset/restore settings” button.

    • Saikat Basu

      Please update your browser. It’s there under Advanced Settings. But you won’t be able to “restore” the OmniBox…it’s a fixture now :)

  • Julia

    I don’t like this new update! My omnibox stretches to the ends of the screen, and the larger font size just adds to the “ugliness”. Didnt expect this from google. Please fix the omnibox. >:(

  • Cheyenne

    the font size is genuinely the most frustrating thing in the entire world for me right now. i’m honestly thinking about ditching chrome until they fix that because i can’t even look at it, it’s bothering me that much.

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