design changes, read later, support for NFC and more changes

Upgrade to Google Chrome 89 is now available in the Android application store including, as usual, a good number of internal improvements and new functions, some of which we have seen in its passage through Chrome Canary or Chrome Beta.

Google Chrome 89 polishes some aspects of the interface, adds support for the NFC API and allows you to test new functions such as Read later or the privacy sandbox, activating a Chrome Flag.

Changes to Discover


A curious little change from Google Chrome 89 comes in the way Discover content is presented on the home page when opening a new tab, with a more compact and simplified design.

Basically the small text sample is removed from the article and given more prominence to the image and the title, shown in a larger font. In this way, Discover in Google Chrome is now a more compact article string.

Window redesign


Another small redesign is located in the windows with information about a web page: the box that appears by tapping on the padlock in the address bar. The content is the same, but now with rounded edges instead of the flat design that it had in previous versions.

NFC support


In Google Chrome 89, the NFC Web API is enabled at the factory, so that web pages - in conjunction with a device that has NFC - can read NFC tags for whatever purpose is appropriate, such as museums and galleries, take inventory, conferences ... So that a website can make use of the NFC of the mobile will need to ask for permission, shown as shown in the screenshot above.

Privacy sandbox

Privacy testing zone

Entering the field of novelties that are not activated at the factory, but it is necessary to activate by changing some Chrome Flags, the first of them is the call Privacy sandbox, a privacy option that seeks to replace cookies.

Chrome flags: what they are and how to activate Chrome's experimental features

Accessible after activating the flag #privacy-sandbox-settings, Privacy sandbox is found in the options Privacy & Security Chrome and includes a unique setting: enable web crowd and ad measurement, which allows webs personalize their content for you, without using identifiable information.

Read later

Read later

We saw it in Chrome Canary and now it's here, although not activated by default. In Google Chrome 89 stable you can already use Read more, although you must first activate the flag #read-later. Also, there is another optional flag called #read-later-reminder-notification, what sends you a notification if it's been a week and you still haven't read a saved article.

After activating these Chrome flags -and restarting the browser- you can add web pages to the Reading List from the context menu that appears when doing a long tap on a link. Afterwards, you can access these web pages from the Reading List section, in the Bookmarks.

Google Chrome: fast and secure

Google Chrome: fast and secure