Google has consistently released new versions of its flagship browser, Google Chrome, over the years. The most recent addition to this lineage is version 120, packed with several intriguing features that cater to user needs and comply with current European Union laws, reshaping the tech landscape.
One of the significant features that Google Chrome will now offer is the ability for users to set a default search engine. This is a monumental stride for users who can now choose a search engine other than Google Search when setting up the browser. This advancement directly responds to the Digital Markets Act (DMA), legislation combating anti-competitive practices in the European market.
Another noteworthy feature is the commencement of phasing out third-party cookies. Gradually, Google Chrome will no longer support this data and will substitute it with a new group tracking system called Privacy Sandbox. This feature could revolutionize the web and make online advertising less intrusive to users’ privacy. A transition period is also scheduled for developers and publishers to modify their websites.
An additional key feature of Chrome 120 is its integrated Safety Check. This security verification will now be able to run autonomously, saving users time and enhancing security by eliminating the need to launch this function from the browser menus manually. This Safety Check ensures that Chrome updates have been implemented and checks password security.
The Chrome 120 update also includes several minor features and improvements for users. The patch log reveals other changes in the Google browser:
- Family group password sharing: Users can now share their passwords with family members through Google Chrome family groups.
- Android 8 is now the oldest supported version: Google will cease to support Android Nougat (7) and prior mobile operating systems.
- Various bug fixes.