Chrome 99 Features
Google Chrome’s latest version has started to arrive for all users, and it brings with it a slew of handy new capabilities (via Chrome Unboxed). One of these features, the downloads shortcut in the top toolbar, has been available on Microsoft Edge for quite some time.
Chrome 99 should be available now across various platforms, including the best Android phones and laptops, as Google began seeding the update on March 1, though some might still not see it yet.
The new version of the browser adds a new download shortcut to the toolbar in the top right corner.
Prior to this change, files would automatically appear in Chrome’s bottom bar after downloading. Recent downloads will now appear in the top toolbar, as they do in Edge.
Chrome has also improved the date picker for web apps, complete with a few cool designs. The new system date picker is useful for forms, and it does not require any coding skills to fill in the required date. You can test it out by going to the demo site.
Google is also releasing a handwriting recognition feature built into Chrome. This feature was first seen in Chrome 91 and should be available to everyone soon.
The search giant is also removing Manifest v2 for ad blockers. Google unveiled the Manifest v3 API in 2020, which shrinks filter entries for extensions from 100,000 in the previous version to only 30,000 in the new one.
Manifest v2 is set to be retired from Chrome in June 2023, which could signal the end of ad blockers.