Google is updating Chrome for Android with an easier way for users to manage permissions for each site. In addition to updated site permission checks, Chrome for Android is getting site isolation improvements to better protect users from malicious websites. Google is also expanding Chrome actions by adding new options to make privacy and security management easier for users. Additionally, Chrome for iOS has been updated with the ability to protect incognito tabs with biometric authentication. Users on iOS have also gained support for taking full-screen screenshots.
Chrome for Android gets updated site permission controls that you can access by tapping the lock icon on the left side of the Chrome address bar. These controls allow you to customize the permissions you’ve granted for each specific site. This is similar to how you can view the site permissions by clicking the lock icon in Chrome for Windows and macOS.
You can also switch between sharing and unsharing access to things like your location and camera by tapping the lock button. In an upcoming release, Google will also bring an option to Forget the site from your browser history in Chrome. This allows the browser to reset permissions and clear cookies and site data with a single tap.
Google said the updated site permission controls are rolling out in Chrome for Android and will be available for other platforms in upcoming releases. Gadgets 360 was able to independently verify the change as part of the latest Chrome release (91.0.44472.164) for Android devices.
In addition to the updated permissions options, Google is extending its site isolation in Chrome for Android with two improvements aimed at protecting users from more malicious sites.
One of the improvements is the availability of site isolation that will be applied to sites where users log in through third party providers, while the other is to bring the feature to the system level for sites with Cross-Origin-Opener-Policy headers. The Site Isolation feature allows the browser to process each site individually, preventing malicious sites from accessing data from other sites opened on the device.
Google has also extended Chrome Actions that let you access browser functions directly from the address bar. There are new actions, initially available to desktop users, to help you easily manage your privacy and security. To do this, you can type “security check” to perform automated operations, such as security checking your passwords and scanning for malicious extensions. You can also type “manage security settings” or “manage sync” to quickly access relevant controls.
Chrome also gets underlying image processing improvements to make phishing detection 50 times faster and consume less battery. These improvements will be coming to users on Android and Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS in the coming weeks.
In addition to the new privacy and security-focused features, Google has updated Chrome for iOS (92.0.4515.90) with the ability to add biometric authentication to incognito browsing. With this change, users can add Touch ID, Face ID and Passcode to incognito tabs by going to . to go Settings > Privacy > Lock Incognito Tabs. This allows you to protect your incognito tabs so that they are visible to everyone until you confirm it is you.
The updated iOS release also includes the ability to take screenshots of entire web pages. You have to look for the Full page option from the top of the screenshot editor in the updated Chrome browser to capture full screenshots of web pages.
Google has also brought a new Discover design to the new tab page to make it easier for you to explore your interests. Settings, history and bookmarks have also been visually redesigned. There are also options to share, bookmark, and add individual tabs to your reading list from within the Tab Switcher. You need to select and hold any tab in the Tab Switcher to open a menu with these options. Furthermore, the updated Chrome for iOS brings stability and performance improvements.
You can download the latest Chrome for iOS release from the App Store. The app is 138.8 MB in size and is compatible with devices running at least iOS 12.2.