As part of a broader update to its Chrome web browser, Google announced today a handful new features coming to the latest build of Chrome on iOS. Among the key additions, the Chrome app is gaining access to Google’s Enhanced Safe Browsing feature which proactively warns you about dangerous web pages. Other updates include user interface changes, the ability to set Google’s password manager as the autofill provider, an updated language identification model, and more.
Some of these changes have been available on Android and desktop versions of Chrome for months or even years but are now making their way to iOS.
For example, Enhanced Safe Browsing, which has been available on Android and desktop versions of Chrome, is finally coming to iPhones and iPads in this release. This feature is able to predict and warn users of dangerous websites by sending real-time data to Google Safe Browsing to be checked for things like malware, phishing and other threats. Chrome will also send alerts to iOS users about compromised credentials, so they can change their usernames and passwords accordingly.
Once the app is updated, users can enable Enhanced Safe Browsing on their iPhone or iPad via Chrome > More > Settings > Enhanced Safe Browsing.
Another feature coming to iOS is something called “Chrome Actions,” which helps you more easily perform certain tasks without having to dig around in the app’s settings. For example, you can type actions into the browser’s address bar like “Clear Browsing Data,” “Open Incognito Tab,” or “Set Chrome as Default Browser.” The app will then immediately direct you to the correct page. The Chrome address bar can also predict when a user may benefit from a Chrome Action based on the words being typed, so…