Chrome 29 introduces reset button, omnibox improvements

Chrome 29 introduces reset button, omnibox improvements

Summary: The latest version of Google's browser is out for download, and now includes a bevy of updates including a reset button, and a new omnibox algorithm that will result in more "relevant" suggestions.

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Google has released the latest version of its Chrome browser, version 29, on Tuesday, in line with its usual release cycle. 

Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and Android, the new version includes a number of new features. With Chrome 29, users will start to see new suggestions in the omnibox — the dual address and search bar — which the search giant says will result in "more timely and contextually relevant suggestions." Users on the Mac will also receive desktop notifications so they will see updates from their apps and extensions. 

The highlighted feature is the "reset button," which allows users to start afresh with a brand new version of the same browser. It's as part of efforts to declunk the browser if it gets into an unruly state with too many extensions. Themes, bookmarks, and apps will remain unchanged.

Chrome on Android will also receive improved scrolling and better performance starting up. It also comes with WebRTC (Real-Time Communications) support, the new protocol that supports real-time audio and video without requiring a plugin.

The browser for Android will be pushed to the Google Play store in the next few days, the company said. 

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  • It is still possible...

    ... to make Bing or Yahoo the default search engine for the omnibox.

    But indeed, if you don't want to use a big company search engine, you are doomed.

    That being said, you can still use the omnibox as a classic url search and go to duckduckgo for web search.
    yphilogene
  • Question

    I have a question everyone, why just about every tech site making a big deal about the reset button? Firefox got it few months ago and been on IE since IE9, but could have been there since ie8.
    stm24
    • But chrome hasn't had it before

      So the fact that it now does is certainly newsworthy on a tech site.
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • Reply to Question

      Well the obvious biggie.
      According to statistics 37.? % of windows out there are still using XP.
      If your still using Windows XP, Msoft has decreed "thou shalt not receive IE9 or above unless you pay up and get off XP"
      Of course MSoft is claiming your computer will be infected by all sorts of vile pestilence if you continue to use EI8. (Hey yous got a nice computer there yous wouldn't want somethin' to happen to it now would you) The only way to save ones self from this vile pestilence is to purchase the newest version of Windows so that IE9 may protect you.
      So out comes Chrome and the like, with the features and functionality of IE9 without paying Msoft the protection money by upgrading away from XP.
      Of course it's your choice, pay up to Msoft extortion or take you chances with Chrome
      csumbler
  • Most Importantly

    I have heard reports of other users who, over time, have increasing issues with Chrome, despite removing all extensions. I think most importantly this acknowledges that Chrome users can experience the same problems as Firefox users when it comes to problematic profiles. And, of course, it gives them a solution.
    caspy7
  • The real question is

    Have they made their flash implementation better? It used to be better than if flash was used otherwise, but now that isn't the case. My sister, on her computer with a dedicated graphics card, gets crashes while I don't on my MacBook Air with an Intel HD 4000. I use Safari, she uses Chrome.

    I don't get flash crashes, she does all the time.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • Don't take self pics when driving

      Maybe she should not be trying to take selfies with the flash on while driving, maybe then she would not be having all of the crashes! ;-)~
      jhimes
  • But Is It Faster?

    My current Chrome browser locks access to everything for about a minute. Firefox does not do this, which is why I do not like Chrome.
    weatherwarrior
  • sharefest.me

    Wow. check out sharefest.me ! lets you send large files from your android to your laptop and vice versa. or send a file directly from your android to other friends! I love WebRTC

    Cool!
    guypaskar
  • Wow!

    "declunk the browser". You mean Chrome can have problems?
    Took 29 versions and probably 120 other builds/minor versions to finally get a reset button?
    Seriously, this is version 29. By next year at this time, they should be fairly close to version 40. With every "major" build comes follow up updates to fix the problems with them. So expect an update to v29 in a couple of weeks.
    Gisabun