Chrome, like most modern day browsers, offers users the opportunity to browse the web in incognito mode. This basically means that you can visit websites without those websites being saved in your history, which is great if you're trying to keep your browsing activities private.
It is also why on Android, users who are using incognito mode in Chrome cannot take screenshots, at least until now. As reported by Techdows, it seems that Google is readying an upcoming update to Chrome where it will allow users to take screenshots of the app even while they are in incognito mode.
Prior to this, when users tried to take screenshots, an error message would pop up and tell the user that the app does not allow screenshots to be taken. Keep in mind that this feature isn't live yet, but it is available as a flag in Chrome Canary, so if you are using Chrome Canary you can check it out.
The update will also ensure that when you're using the app switcher on Android, your screenshot thumbnails in incognito mode will not show up, giving users an extra layer of privacy. We're not sure when Google is planning to roll out the feature to the public, but seeing as how it's already available in Chrome Canary, we imagine a public release shouldn't be too far behind.
Back in February, Google Chrome for Android presented another method of overseeing and communicating with your different tabs that are open at some random time. This new element is known as Tab Groups, and initially began carrying out on work area a year ago, prior to advancing toward the Android application. Google isn't easing back down with adding new and helpful highlights, as you would now be able to see pages prior to opening them.
When perusing around in Chrome, you would now be able to long press and select Preview Page in the setting menu that springs up following a couple of moments. Yet, rather than simply taking straightforwardly to the website page, or being compelled to open it in another tab, you can get a review of the page without exploring away from the current connection that you are on.
In the wake of tapping the Preview Page button, a spring up shows up from the base, total with the site's favicon, the page's title, and the source URL. You'll likewise discover catches in the upper right corner to one or the other exit out of the review, or open it up in another tab of its own. Moreover, you can finish off of the see page by swiping down on the force tab or tapping over the see window.
This element has been in progress for a couple of years at this point, however it's formally accessible for everybody on the most recent variant of Chrome for Android, which is as of now Chrome 89. On the off chance that you don't see the Preview Page show up in your setting menu, twofold check and ensure that you have as of now download the Chrome 89 update from the Play Store.
The beta version of the Chrome browser often brings unique features to its Android users and this time around, they have introduced something that is sure to become an instant fan favourite. If you update your Chrome Beta to the latest version 54, it will now be able to play YouTube in the background. Prior to the update, videos would pause the moment you exited the app, like it does on most browsers. Post the update, a play/pause button will appear in your notifications panel on exiting the Chrome Beta browser, which you can then use to continue playing the video in the background, while accessing other apps on your device. Needless to say, users who largely listen to audio content on YouTube will particularly appreciate this feature.
If you are streaming music from a website on the Chrome Beta Browser, it will continue to play in the background on exiting, just like a dedicated music streaming application. Even though this is exciting news, there's a high chance that this feature will be excluded in the next update unfortunately. Let's not forget that playing videos in the background is a feature of YouTube Red, which is a paid subscription based service. As this free feature makes paying for the same thing on the YouTube app unnecessary and both are owned by Google... you can do the math.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The famous (or infamous) Merge Tabs is now gone from Google Chrome Beta version 51. If you can still see it, you probably need to update the application. This was a long time coming as the function had never really taken off. Initially launched by Google to make browsing a more organized experience, it actually turned out to be more confusing than helpful for most users. With the advent of Android Lollipop, the Recent Apps menu began to have separate Chrome tabs in it, which annoyed users and they often opted to turn Merge Tabs & Apps off for good.
Google realised the situation and addressed it first by setting this feature off by default. Since then, Merge Tabs has been performing a slow disappearing act as soon after, it was nowhere to be found on the Chrome Dev channel. After its complete omission from the Beta version 51, we are quite sure that it won't be long before the setting disappears from Chrome's Stable version as well. When that happens, it will disappear for the foreseeable future from all versions of Chrome.
In spite of the general opinion, there are users who actually liked the feature and according to them, they even benefitted from it. In fact, many fans of the Merge Tabs & Apps are asking why it has to be completely removed instead of just keeping it as an option. What did you think about this feature and do you find it useful?
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Internet usage has become prevalent on smartphones, and last January Google introduced Data Saver mode to tackle the bandwidth usage. After getting competition from fellow browser Opera, it's boosting its compression capabilities.
Google announced on Monday that it's updating Android's Chrome Data Saver mode to decrease user data consumption by up to 70 percent.
Google accomplished this by "removing most images when loading a page on a slow connection," product manager Taj Oppenheimer reported in the blog post. If Chrome finds a weak connection, it'll load a page without images leading to less data consumption. Users can can also choose to load all the pictures, or select individual pictures to load.
These updates will be first available in India and Indonesia, with rest of the countries to follow. While there are plethora of cheap and reliable sub-$150 smartphones available in India and Indonesia, legacy telecommunications infrastructure has made some users to use 2G connection. Whether the improved functionality will be pushed Chrome's iOS app or not, is yet be revealed.
Data compression is a hot business in India and parts of Asia, with Opera announcing a deal last month to make the Opera Max data saving app come pre-installed on smartphones from Samsung, Xiaomi, Acer, Hisense and more. Samsung was the early adopter and came up with the app before others. It launched and promoted its On series in India focusing on the data-compression technology.
Data Saver mode can be accessed under Settings → Advanced → Data Saver.