Chrome 27: all the changes and improvements you need to know

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Chrome 27 is getting closer to leave the beta channel and become a stable version for the masses running Windows, Linux, or Mac. And the new version brings a handful of changes in the user-interface, bug fixes, a faster web browsing experience and new HTML5 forms.

In version 27 of the popular browser, Google claims that users will have a noticeable faster web surfacing experience, but do not expect a tremendous difference, it’s only about 5% on average.

Chrome v27 also brings a few new tweaks to the user-interface. For starters the Chrome team has revamped the New Tab page, they removed the Apps page and redesigned the Most visited page. Now there is a new page that includes a Google search box — that when you start typing will move the query to the omnibox — and you’ll see only four of your “Most visited” links, instead of eight. The Apps page now appears in the bookmarks bar as a shortcut next to the Other bookmarks folder.

Chrome 27 New Tap page revamped

The omnibox is also worth to mention that has been revamped. In Chrome version 27 when you type a term, you’ll notice that partial results now take up the whole width of the browser, instead of the old overlay menu style, and it also hides the bookmarks bar while searching.

Chrome 27 new omnibox

The Recently closed tab menu has also been removed and now you can open the last closed tab from the main menu or by using the Ctrl+Shift+T keyboard shortcut. To access older tabs, you need to navigate the History page — It makes sense, but it takes more time to rescue that specific tab.

The Other devices menu is no longer available for easy access in the New Tab’s page, it has been moved to the main menu, under the Recent Tabs option.

Chrome 27 - Recent tabs menu

Other changes

New improvements also include a new elegant way to display forms using HTML5, and Google is introducing a new Web Audio API and a Sync FileSystem API for Chrome app development.

Finally, the search giant is adding a few new improvements to the DevTools in Chrome, Dock-to-right supports vertical split view, and you can now right-click resources in the Network tab to “Copy as cURL”. The network panel has been tweaked to allow you to customize what columns are shown, including the new “domain”. Console messages now can be filtered by source, and impl-side painting events are properly displayed in the timeline. Digging into Chrome’s flags (chrome://flags), you’ll notice that “Google Now” is available, but isn’t working. And if you enabled many flags, you’ll find a new “Reset all to default” button, very handy.

You can try Chrome version 27 beta here, if you cannot wait until the stable build releases.

Source The Chromium Blog | Image via flickr by yukop