Google Chrome 106 is here: everything new

Google is continuing its rapid release cycle with Chrome 106, which has just been launched stably, the company announced. Given the incredibly fast four-week release cycle, the company doesn’t always add too much new stuff to their browser, so we’ll walk you through all the small changes that might be difficult to understand in the new release.


Chrome 106: Fingerprint lock incognito tabs on Android

As we mentioned earlier, Chrome 106 allows you to block incognito tabs using biometric authentication. The option should appear as a new setting under Privacy and Security, and you will need to specifically enable it. If you’re not already seeing this, you might need to turn it on chrome: // flags / # incognito-reauthentication-for-android flag. As the name suggests, Incognito Lock allows you to protect your private browsing sessions from prying eyes by preventing other people from accessing them. Sure, someone might still have a glance over their shoulder, and that won’t keep you from being tracked by your ISP or Wi-Fi either.

Similarly, when you start the download from the incognito tab on Android, you first need to confirm the action with a pop-up dialog that reminds you that “anyone using this device can see the downloaded files.” This means another extra layer of protection to keep the information you want private from leaking out.

Chrome 106: Travels in browsing history on Android

Google has introduced so-called Travel to Chrome 96 for desktop computers. The feature groups your browsing sessions based on time and subject, making it easy to return to previous searches or projects. After a long period of exclusivity to desktop Chrome, Chrome 106 finally brings Trips to the History page in Chrome for Android. Google says the feature is only now starting to roll out, so it may take a while for it to reach you. You may notice that Trips are added first when a keyword in the address bar matches a word from one of your old Trips. Chrome will then help you jump straight to the appropriate section of your browsing history.

Chrome 106: Easier to search history and bookmarks on your computer

As noted by 9to5Google, Chrome 106 enables new search operators for the address bar. You can just type @history, @ bookmarksor @ bookmarks to start searching in the appropriate range – after switching on chrome: // flags / # omnibox-site-search-starter-pack that is, a flag. This means that you no longer need to enter your history or bookmarks to be able to find them directly from the search bar at the top of the browser.

The same goes for your cards. Instead of clicking the chevron icon in the upper right corner and then searching through your open tabs, you can just follow @ bookmarks according to the site you want to switch to. This feature is part of Chrome Actions, first introduced in 2021, which allows you to access certain features directly from the address bar.

As a tip, we also have a guide on creating custom search engines if you want to increase your productivity.

Chrome 106: Partial translation on a computer

Chrome has been able to fully translate web pages for centuries, but so far it hasn’t been enough when you need help with one sentence or one phrase specifically. In Chrome 106, this changes. After turning on chrome: // flags # desktop-partial-translation flag and restart your browser, you can highlight the text, right-click on it and then get a translation for that part only.

The translation will appear in the upper right corner below the address bar. At the moment, the feature still seems unfinished and has bugs as Translator refuses to translate anything during our testing, so there’s a reason the feature is only available behind a flag. For more information on partial translation in Chrome, see our dedicated article on this topic.

Once upon a time there was Google Reader which many thought was the best RSS reader before it was retired. Google is trying to make amends, however, and introduced the option to track your favorite sites on Chrome for Android. This feature is now being developed on the desktop version of Chrome. Must be enabled in Chrome flags by chrome: // flags / # following-feed-sidepanel before he shows up. Even then, you can only right-click on an empty spot on the page you want to follow, but there is no interface yet that actually shows content from the sites you are following. This is just the beginning, but it is progress. We’ve been following this feature for a while now on its way to the desktop.

Chrome 106: Less obnoxious pop-ups hopefully

Many developers add pop-ups to their websites, whether you like it or not. Google is looking for a way to standardize these interface elements with a popup API by adding a “popup” attribute for HTML, all without any JavaScript. The new method standardizes how pop-ups work, including how pop-ups are automatically set for keyboard navigation and how to dismiss them by clicking on an empty spot on the site or pressing Esc.

From what we’ve gathered, a popup can only be triggered when you actually click the button, although developers can still use JavaScript to make the popup appear after a while. We can only hope that it will make the popups easier to use and more user-friendly. Ultimately, however, the use of the API is up to the developers.

Chrome 106: better localization

Chrome has an Intl API that is designed to display dates, times, and other information in a local format. This makes it easy for developers to add the time and date just once and not worry about locating the format itself, rather than relying on Chrome to do it automatically depending on where you are. Chrome 106 makes the system even more flexible and allows developers to add more constant variables.

Apple introduced lock screen widgets in iOS 16, and Chrome 106 is already using them. If you have an iPhone updated to the latest software version, you will be able to add shortcuts to search, voice search, new incognito tab or dino minigame right on your lock screen. Such a feature is not available on Android for the simple reason that Google does not offer standard lock screen widgets on its operating system as of Android 4.2.

Chrome 106: Where to Download

Chrome 106 is currently rolling out to all platforms. On a desktop computer, you can go to your browser settings and press About Chrome at the bottom of the sidebar to force automatic installation of the new version. For Android, the new version will gradually roll out to the Play Store. If you are particularly interested in checking Chrome 106, download it right now from APK Mirror.

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