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Google Chrome M121 Unveils Game-Changing AI Features for a More Personalized Browsing Experience

Welcome to the next level of browsing! Google Chrome M121 is here with a dazzling array of generative AI features designed to revolutionize your web experience. In this blog post, we’ll explore three groundbreaking features that promise to simplify, enhance, and personalize your browsing journey. Get ready for a Chrome makeover like never before!

Tab Organizer: Declutter Your Digital Space

Tired of drowning in a sea of open tabs? Chrome’s new Tab Organizer feature is your savior. This innovative tool uses advanced machine learning to automatically group and label similar tabs, putting an end to the chaos. Simply right-click on a tab and choose “Organize Similar Tabs” or click the drop-down arrow to the left of the tabs. Chrome even suggests names and emojis for your tab groups, making navigation a breeze.

Create with AI: Your Theme, Your Way

Inject a personalized touch into your Chrome experience with the Create with AI feature. This tool lets you generate custom themes based on your preferred subject, mood, visual style, and color. Want an “aurora borealis” theme in an “animated” style with a “serene” mood? Just click the “Customize Chrome” button, select “Change theme,” and choose “Create with AI.” Watch as Chrome brings your vision to life using a text-to-image diffusion model, previously seen in Android 14 and Pixel devices.

Help Me Write: AI-Powered Text Assistance

Struggling to find the right words? Say hello to Help Me Write, Chrome’s AI-powered text assistance feature. This tool suggests ways to polish, expand, or adjust the tone of your text based on your preferences. Right-click on any text box or field on a website and choose “Help me write” to unleash the power of generative AI in your writing endeavors. Note: This feature is set to arrive in the next month’s Chrome release.

 Google Chrome M121

Google Chrome’s AI Ambitions and Challenges:

As the world’s most popular web browser, Chrome continues to push the boundaries of AI integration. These new features represent Google’s ongoing commitment to innovation. With a global market share of 62.85%, Chrome has already introduced AI features such as real-time video captions, malicious site detection, permission prompt management, and key point generation for web pages.

However, these exciting additions have sparked mixed reviews. While users and experts applaud the convenience and creativity of these AI tools, concerns about privacy, security, and accuracy have been raised. During our exploration of the update, we observed occasional hiccups with the Tab Organizer feature, which sometimes grouped unrelated tabs or failed to function.

Google reassures users that privacy and security are top priorities. The company emphasizes that it neither collects nor stores personal information from these AI features. Constant improvements in AI model quality and reliability are underway, with Google actively seeking user feedback to refine these experimental features.

ChromeOS 117 Unveiled: A Closer Look at the Latest Features and Customization Options for Chromebook Users

Google has unveiled ChromeOS 117 for Chromebooks, introducing an array of exciting new features. This update boasts the highly anticipated Material You design, a customizable window-switching panel, and a seamless integration that allows users to join video calls directly from the calendar view.

One of the standout features of ChromeOS 117 is the introduction of customizable Material You design elements. Users can now personalize their Chromebook experience by selecting a wallpaper and a color palette. These choices will be reflected across various interface components, including quick settings, the desktop, and window headers. This customization not only enhances aesthetics but also brings a sense of individuality to the user experience. Additionally, ChromeOS 117 introduces a revamped quick settings menu featuring larger buttons and slider bars, reminiscent of the slide-down settings menu found in Android 13 on Pixel phones.

Effortless Multitasking

To further streamline multitasking, the update introduces a novel window organizer. Users can effortlessly arrange their open windows by either pressing the Everything button + Z or by hovering over the “Maximize” icon on an app window. This functionality empowers users to organize their workspace by splitting, partially viewing, or fully expanding app windows, or even allowing them to float above other windows.

ChromeOS users have long enjoyed quick access to the calendar view from the bottom bar. ChromeOS 117 elevates this convenience by enabling the ability to join video meetings directly from the calendar view. This enhancement simplifies the process of attending scheduled meetings, reducing unnecessary navigation and clicks.

In a bid to enhance battery life, ChromeOS 117 introduces adaptive charging. This feature can be activated through the Settings menu under Device > Power > Adaptive charging. Once enabled, the Chromebook will intelligently charge to 80% and then utilize machine learning to adapt to the user’s unplugging habits, gradually reaching a full charge of 100%. This approach not only conserves energy but also prolongs battery life.

Dynamic Personalization

Beyond these headline features, ChromeOS 117 offers several other notable enhancements. Users can now select shared albums from Google Photos for rotating wallpapers, making personalization even more dynamic. Searching for GIFs is made easier with the integration of GIF search within the emoji picker. For those interested in creative endeavors, the update supports time-lapse recording through the webcam. Additionally, users can access essential system information such as RAM usage, power status, and OS version directly from the launcher’s search results.

In conclusion, ChromeOS 117 is a significant update that brings a host of customization options, productivity enhancements, and power-saving features to Chromebook users. With Material You design and streamlined multitasking, Google continues to refine the ChromeOS experience, making it more user-centric and efficient.

Enhanced Features Coming to iOS Chrome: Built-in Lens, Maps, and Calendar Integration

Google announced today that Chrome on iOS is getting a few new features, including built-in Lens support that will allow users to search using just their cameras. Although you can already use Lens in Chrome on iOS by long-pressing an image you find while browsing, you will soon also be able to use your camera to search with new pictures you take and existing images in your camera roll.

The company says the new integration is launching in the coming months. For context, Google Lens lets you search with images to do things like identify plants and translate languages in real time.

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Google also announced that when you see an address in Chrome on iOS, you no longer need to switch apps to look it up on a map. The company says now when you press and hold a detected address in Chrome, you will see the option to view it on a mini Google Maps right within Chrome.

In addition, users can now create Google Calendar events directly in Chrome without having to switch apps or copy information over manually. You just need to press and hold a detected date, and select the option to add it to your Google Calendar. Chrome will automatically create and populate the calendar event with important details like time, location and description.

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Last, Google announced that users now have the ability to translate a portion of a page by highlighting text and selecting the Google Translate option.

“As our AI models improve, Chrome has gotten better at detecting a webpage’s language and suggesting translations,” the company wrote in a blog post. “Let’s say you’re planning to visit a museum in Italy, but the site’s in Italian and you don’t speak the language. Chrome will automatically offer to translate the museum’s website into your preferred language.”

Google Wins Appeal Of $20 Millions US Patent Verdict Over Chrome Technology

Alphabet’s Google LLC on Tuesday convinced a U.S. appeals court to cancel three anti-malware patents at the heart of a Texas jury’s $20 million infringement verdict against the company.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said that Alfonso Cioffi and Allen Rozman’s patents were invalid because they contained inventions that were not included in an earlier version of the patent.

Google spokesperson José Castañeda said the company appreciated the decision. Representatives for the inventors did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cioffi and the late Rozman’s daughters sued Google in East Texas federal court in 2013, alleging anti-malware functions in Google’s Chrome web browser infringed their patents for technology that prevents malware from accessing critical files on a computer.

A jury decided in 2017 that Google infringed the patents and awarded the plaintiffs $20 million plus ongoing royalties, which their attorney said at the time were expected to total about $7 million per year for the next nine years.

But the Federal Circuit said Tuesday that all of the patents were invalid. The three patents were reissued from an earlier anti-malware patent, and federal law required the new patents to cover the same invention as the first, the unanimous three-judge panel concluded.

The appeals court said the new patents outlined technology specific to web browsers that the first patent did not mention.

The case is Cioffi v. Google LLC, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 18-1049.