Google Chrome gets a new release every four weeks. Version 94 arrived on September 21, 2021, and it includes Google Drive files on the New Tab Page, more HTTPS features, and a new sharing menu. Let’s take a look.
Google Drive Files on the New Tab Page
Earlier this year, Chrome added “Cards” to the New Tab page. At first, they included things like recipes and shopping suggestions. Chrome 94 adds shortcuts to your recently accessed Google Drive files.
The new card is called “From Your Google Drive” and it shows the three most recently opened documents and files. This card can be removed in the same way as the other cards if you don’t like it.
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HTTPS Becomes Even More Prominent
Chrome 90 made HTTPS the default, meaning it will load HTTPS if the website supports it. Chrome 94 is taking it a step further with “HTTPS-First Mode.”
HTTPS-First Mode attempts to upgrade all web pages to HTTPS. If Chrome isn’t able to load the page with HTTPS, you’ll see a full-screen warning before proceeding to the older HTTP standard.
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Improved Graphical Processing
Chrome 94 has begun testing a new API that allows web developers to tap into your computer’s graphics power. The WebGPU API will be especially useful for games that run in the browser.
The WebGPU API is a little different than the older WebGL and WebGL2 APIs. The browser can tap into your computer’s native processing technologies, which include Apple’s “Metal,” Microsoft’s “Direct3D,” and the open “Vulkan” standard.
As with many things that rely on developers to implement, support for this new API won’t be immediately noticeable in Chrome.
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Chrome for Android Gets More “Material You” Theming
Chrome 93 started to bring in some of Android 12’s Material You theme. Version 94 includes even more of Google’s new design language. The colors that match your wallpaper can be found on the homepage, the homepage feeds, and in Search results.
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Testing a New Sharing Menu on Desktop
Typically, mobile apps have built-in tools to make it easy to share things with other apps. Chrome 94 is bringing similar functionality to the desktop with the “Sharing Hub.”
The feature is currently behind a Chrome flag, but when enabled, you get a new sharing icon in the address bar. Clicking the icon brings up some sharing shortcuts, including copying the link, casting, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
Enable the flag by going to
What Else Is New?
Chrome releases are every four weeks now, which means the big glaring features aren’t as frequent. There’s still a lot happening under the surface, though. You can read about many of these changes on Google’s developer site as well as on the Chromium blog. We’ll highlight a few changes here:
- More Languages: Chrome DevTools now supports more than 80 languages.
- Nest Hubs in Device List: You can now test how things will look on a Nest Hub in Device mode.
- New checkbox to invert the network filters: Use the new Invert checkbox to invert the filters in the Network panel.
- Scrollbar-Gutter Property: Allows developers to prevent layout changes as content expands and avoids unwanted changes when scrolling isn’t needed.
How to Get the Update
Chrome will automatically install the update on your device when it’s available. To immediately check for and install any available updates, click the three-dot menu icon, and then click Help > About Google Chrome.
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