Chrome 77 Introduces New Tab Sharing

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Google Chrome with 9 Comments

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Google announced today that Chrome 77 is now available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.

“The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 77 to the Stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux,” the Chrome Releases blog notes. “This will roll out over the coming days/weeks.” A separate post explains that the firm has “just released Chrome 77 for Android” as well. “It’ll become available on Google Play over the next few weeks.”

Figuring out what’s new is a bit difficult since Google doesn’t usually publicize new Chrome features and changes immediately. But there is a new tab sharing feature that lets you send a tab in Chrome on one device to a tab in Chrome on another.

The firm also made a change to the so-called Extended Validation indicator—the little icon that appears to the left of the URL in the Chrome omnibar—such that it no longer displays the website’s company name if it does use extended validation TLS/SSL certificates; Google found that displaying this information just took up space and didn’t benefit users.

The Android version also includes tweaks to the Downloads screen and a new Contact picker sheet.

Chrome 77 also includes performance improvements fixes 36 security flaws, one of which is Critical and 8 that are High Severity.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Chrome 77 Introduces New Tab Sharing”

  1. ronh

    Can we assume this will come to Edge?

    • ulrichr

      In reply to RonH:

      These enhancements sound like they are part of the 'shell', not the core Chromium engine, so they won;t be in Edge unless Microsoft decide to implement them.

  2. karlinhigh

    (New Tab) Sharing

    New (Tab Sharing)

    I've removed enough of "New Tab" browser add-ons from clients' computers that it sure affected my reading of that headline.

  3. Sir_Timbit

    Anyone get this to work? When Chrome updated on my various work devices. I tried it out. I had options to send the selected tab to my Chromebook, iPhone, Dell laptop and desktop PC, but none of them appeared to receive anything...

    • wright_is

      In reply to Sir_Timbit:

      That is the question, does it open it, or does it add it to a list of synchronized tabs, like bookmarks?

      I use Firefox and that has had a similar feature for a while, but it automatically adds all open tabs (not private browsing) to a special list of bookmarks called "synchronized tabs", listing which ones are open on which other device.

    • bill_russell

      In reply to Sir_Timbit:

      It worked sending to my Pixel phone as a notification that I clicked and it opened in the browser.

  4. wright_is

    Why does Google insist on everybody using SSL, then hiding all the information that tells you whether the certificate is valid or not? Looking at the green oblong with the name of my Bank and being able to click on the green to check the certificate in Firefox is a great feature, I know I am at the right site. If it is just green, I only know that the certificate is valid for the domain, but not that it is an EV certificate with extra checks and balances to ensure the identity of the website I am visiting!

    It is the first thing I look at when I go to a serious site. I just wish companies like Amazon would invest in the extra protection that EV brings.

    I feel this is more about disadvantaging companies that take security seriously in order to not make those that are more lax with security look bad.

  5. wright_is

    How does that work? Does it list the open tabs on other devices on the device you are using, like Firefox, or does it actually open the tab automatically for you?