Google Intros A Handful Of Small Changes In Chrome Beta 58

Google has introduced a handful of small changes to the Chrome 58 beta version of the Android app, but since these aren't sweeping design changes or huge new features these details could be easy to miss. Those that tend to spend a lot of time in their browsing history may have noticed the subtle yet still noticeable visual touchups as Google has started to streamline some of the design elements into the latest version of the Chrome beta. For example, the "x's" that are usually in place for deleting something out of your history have now been replaced by a little trash can icon.

This isn't the only change with the history page though as the address bar up top is now gone, and in its place is the description of the history page as well as a search button, and the "x" button to exit out of history. The clear browsing data function has also been shifted to the top of the page from the bottom where it sits in Chrome 57. Lastly, there also no more lines separating each item in the browsing history as all entries are simply listed on one big white backdrop.

In addition to these small changes there are some touchups to the bookmarks page too, though these are seemingly less noticeable as the only thing that appears to have changed is the spacing that Google has used between each bookmark and bookmark folder. In Chrome 58 beta the spaces are just a tad bit more prominent. Google has made a slight change to Chrome Custom Tabs in this version of the beta as it's now possible to open up links from a custom tab in a new Chrome tab if you long press and hold down on the link to get the options. Perhaps one of the biggest changes with this version release of Chrome is the ability for progressive web apps to enter into Android's full screen mode, which means that the app can be viewed without the black navigation bar at the bottom and the status bar at the top. While you may not encounter progressive web apps all that often, it should be nice to see them display more like native apps as the lack of status and nav bars is simply more visually appealing.

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