Chrome 93 rolls out to Android and iOS; brings slightly darker 'Dark mode' for Android and other features1
Chrome 93 is now rolling out to Android, iOS, and desktop
This update is a bit smaller than the Chrome 92 update that was rolled out towards the end of July. Let's check out what are the new features and improvements it brings to the browser experience.
First off, the update brings a slightly darker dark mode to Android devices, as pointed out by 9to5Google. It will now be a bit darker shade of gray. You can notice the slight change mainly in the app and system status bars, as well as in the Tab Switcher grid and settings (although the change there isn't as noticeable on screenshots, compared to on-device viewing).
The other updates the Chrome 93 version brings are mainly for the desktop experience, where the Recently Closed menu gets a slight change, allowing you to view all recently closed sites in a collection and restore them individually. The lock icon in front of URLs is also replaced with an inverted chevron icon on desktop.
The previous version brought useful security and permissions features
As we mentioned earlier, the previous Chrome version that rolled out towards the end of July brought important security features and useful permission tracking. The most important one of them was regarding site safety and the management of permissions granted to websites.
You can access the feature when tapping on the lock icon to the left of the address bar, and Chrome will show you all the permissions you have given to the website in question. Keep in mind this feature is currently available only for Chrome for Android and Android-powered tablets, and not for iPhones. This feature lets you easily toggle microphone, location, camera, and other permissions for the specific site you're on.
This version has also brought support for additional Chrome Actions to help you make the most of the updated permissions support. This addition makes accessing security and privacy features way easier, as well as the possibility to type in the address bar keywords that will allow you to search for specific settings in the app.
A previously reported change of Chrome for Android has gotten some elements of the Material You design language that is the major redesign coming with Android 12, when it lands soon. Namely, an update has introduced a revamped look to the bookmarks and downloads interface on Chrome for Android in preparation for the big Android 12 operating system official launch. Chrome for Android and Gboard have already received some elements of the new design, such as support for dynamic themes.