As part of the latest Google Chrome update rolling out to all platforms, called Chrome 103, the iOS version of the browser is getting an additional set of updates, some of which are already available on Android and Desktop versions. iOS devices will get features like improved safe browsing, UI updates, translation improvements, and more.
Improved Safe Browsing
Enhanced Safe Browsing, a feature that warns users before visiting a web page that might host malware by accessing Google’s database and sending real-time data to Google Safe Browsing, is making its way to Chrome on iOS. This feature has been available on Android and Desktop for quite some time. Chrome also warns users about potentially compromised credits, so they can change website login credentials. The feature is optional and can be enabled in Chrome settings.
Improved translation features
Chrome 103 brings an updated language identification model, allowing the browser to recognize and translate websites in an unknown language more accurately using on-device machine learning.
Chrome actions is a feature that allows users to access certain browser functions by typing in the search bar instead of trying to locate them in the browser settings. For example, typing anything along the lines of “clear history” in the search bar brings up the option to clear browsing data. This is another of the features available on Android and Desktop long before arriving on iOS.
Google Password Manager
Another feature already available on other platforms, iOS users can now set Google Password Manager as the default autofill provider. This would allow users to autofill all saved passwords on Chrome on all other apps. Passwords can also be accessed from Chrome settings and require biometric authorization on Android.
Explore Flow and other UI updates
Chrome on iOS will receive a Google-like discovery feed, which will recommend articles and other web pages. The start page will also focus on Google search and frequently visited websites, in addition to recent tabs. The settings menu will highlight its most frequently used functions.
Other minor updates
Chrome will improve website load times through improved link fetching, as well as “.avif” support for the Web Share API. Users will not be able to manage site-specific permissions, such as camera and microphone usage.
Read the full release notes from Google here.