Google Targeting Unwanted Redirects In Chrome
Google plans to add new safety features to its Chrome browser over the coming weeks that will address user complaints regarding several types of shady behavior. First, Chrome 64 will attempt to foil unwanted redirects. Google says the browser will show any and all redirects originating from third-party frames in a new infobar rather than allowing the redirects to move forward. This will give users the opportunity to remain on the original page they were reading, or to jump to the new content if they wish. Often, these redirects come from aggressive web ads. Second, Chrome 65 will tackle pop-unders. Sometimes when browsing, users click on a link that opens the content they want in a new tab while at the same time the original tab navigates to an unwanted page. Google says some web site purveyors use this method to circumvent popup ads. In Chrome 65, Google will detect this behavior and trigger an infobar, once again giving people the choice to move forward while preserving the original tab. Further down the road, Google hopes too address hard-to-detect behaviors that might include links to third-party web sites disguised as play buttons or other site controls, or transparent overlays on web sites that capture all clicks and open new tabs or windows. These are frequently the cause of user complaints and Google will do what it can to prevent or minimize them.
Chrome Gains 'Scroll Anchoring' To Keep Web Sites In Place
Google hopes the latest addition to its Chrome browser will make reading web sites less frustrating. The tool, called scroll anchoring, will prevent web sites from bouncing users up and down the screen.
Chrome for iOS Earns New Gestures and Other Features
Google today updated its Chrome browser for the iOS platform. Three gestures are the chief new feature.
Chrome for Android Now Supports Push Notifications
Android users can now tap into push notifications from their favorite web sites. Google updated its Chrome browser this week with support for personalized notifications that come directly from the web.
Google Tweaks Chrome's Offline Browsing Tools
Google today updated Chrome for Android devices and made it simpler to download, find, and read offline content. Users can now long press any link or article suggestion to download the article to a new tab for offline access.
Google Adds Tap-to-Search Feature to Chrome
Google today revealed a new feature for the Chrome browser on Android devices that lets people quickly search by tapping text. Users can tap any word on a web page when using Chrome and Chrome will automatically search the web for that word in the context of the web site on which it is found.