Google Releases Chrome 19 Featuring Synched Tabs
May 16, 2012

Google Releases Chrome 19 Featuring Synched Tabs

Google released a new, stable version of its Chrome browser on Tuesday, which adds a tab synching feature that allows users signed into their Google account to have any open tabs automatically synced to the cloud.

This means users who switch to another computer or device can access any tabs they had open by simply selecting the “Other Devices” menu at the bottom of the new tab page. Chrome will then display any tabs the user last had open when they were previously signed in.

“Say you´ve found an awesome recipe on your work computer while... ahem... working hard at the office. But when you get back home, you can´t quite remember if it was two teaspoons of baking soda or two teaspoons of baking powder. Wouldn´t it be cool if you could pull up the same recipe on your home computer with one click? With today´s stable release of Chrome, you can,” wrote Google on its Chrome blog.

Users with Chrome for Android beta can do the same on their smartphone.

“If you´ve got Chrome for Android Beta, you can open the same recipe tab right on your phone when you run out to the store for more ingredients. The back and forward buttons will even work, so you can pick up browsing right where you left off,” Google said.

The feature can also be used to synchronize browsing history, bookmarks, themes and app settings between devices.  It is also able to synchronize browser extensions, ensuring a uniform browsing experience regardless of what computer or device a person is using.

The synching happens silently in the background, and works with all varieties of Chrome -- Linux, Windows, OS X and Android.

Smooth scrolling support has also been added to Chrome 19, although the option to enable it has not yet appeared on the browser´s settings.

The new release also includes support for “Harmony,” the next generation of JavaScript, which is due to arrive later in the year.   Chrome 19 also addresses several security bugs.

Google has called it the “most comprehensive upgrade in the history of this language.” Several more security bugs have also been squashed, and the usual suspects raked in just over $7,000 in bounties.