Google has ramped up Chrome’s release schedule, with new Chrome versions coming out every four weeks. Chrome 91 stabilizes Linux on Chromebooks, improves tab search, starts copy and paste, and improves Chrome OS in other ways.
Linux on Chromebooks is finally leaving beta
Linux apps have been available on select Chromebooks for about three years, but it has always been a ̵
With Linux on Chromebooks, not much changes immediately. Google continues to work on Linux by adding new APIs and better integration with the device hardware. Taking it out of beta is a big indicator that Google thinks the feature has come far enough to be ready for everyone.
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Search Tab in Chrome OS shows recently closed tabs
Chrome OS 87 got the ability to search through open tabs. In Chrome OS 91, the feature (which has since appeared in Chrome on the desktop as well) now also shows a list of recently closed tabs.
The function is very simple. You just click on the Search Tabs icon and you will see a list of recently closed tabs below the list of currently open tabs. It’s a convenient way to access these pages without going into history.
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Copy and paste for files
Chrome clearly has copy and paste functionality, but Chrome 91 takes it to another level. You can now copy a file anywhere on your computer and then paste it into an email.
Previously, if you wanted to attach a file to an email, you had to drag and drop it from the file explorer to the email tab. You can now just use Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste it.
Currently the feature is available behind a flag. You can enable it on
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Android gets modern form control
Chrome 91 on Android gets some redesigned form controls. These are things like radio buttons, check boxes, date pickers, and progress bars. The old form controls hadn’t been updated for a while and were starting to look outdated. You can see the images before (left) and after (right) below (via XDA developers).
Chrome for Android can “track” websites
Google may have killed Google Reader a long time ago, but Chrome 91 for Android brings a new RSS reader-like feature. With a new option in the menu you can “follow” a website. Whenever that site published new content, it will appear in the new “Follow” section on the New Tab page.
This feature is still in its early stages and you probably won’t see it right away in Chrome 91, but it’s something to look forward to, especially if you’re missing RSS.
What else is new?
Chrome 91 is particularly light on user-centric changes, but there’s always more going on behind the scenes. You can read about many of these changes on Google’s developer site and the Chromium blog. We explain a few changes here:
- New Origin Trials in this release: Declarative Link Capturing for PWAs, WebTransport and WebXR Plane Detection API.
- Suggested file name and location: Web apps can now suggest the name and location of a file or directory when using the File System Access API.
- Sharing login credentials: Domains that share the same account management backend can now be linked together, meaning the Chrome password manager only needs to remember one login for all domains.
Chrome will automatically install the update on your device when it is available. To immediately check for and install available updates, click the menu> Help> About Google Chrome.
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