Google Chrome 74 rolls out with a dark theme in tow

Google Chrome 74 rolls out with a dark theme in tow

As with the MacOS version, the Dark Mode does not appear to extend to Settings landing pages in Windows.

Google released Google Chrome 74 to the Stable channel of the web browser on April 23, 2019 with Dark Mode and Lazy Loading support. Quite why this is something that should only be enjoyed by Android users and not desktop Chrome users is something known only to Google.

Finally, Windows 10 users will have access to Chrome's official Dark Mode. If you're one of those users, then the Chrome browser would respect your Windows theme setting and enable dark mode for you correspondingly. Effectively, this disables web pages from exploiting the () API to open a new page when it unloads. That was removed because it was a common method for malware distribution. The browser will ensure websites follow Android's reduce motion directive, and prevent motion sickness during motion effects. Thankfully, it looks like we underestimated Google since it's now testing a reader mode in Chrome Canary. But it's unclear why the feature was pulled, presumably for Chrome 75. If Data Saver was previously enabled, Lite mode is on by default. Google says it can also help improve page load time. In other words, you have to go full Dark Mode or nothing.

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The catch with both is that users have to turn each one on, it won't automatically start working when they update to Chrome 74.

Google will reveal more details on how the new Lite mode works via a white paper.

Google added that the desktop Chrome data saver extension is being deprecated in the coming weeks. According to a post on the official Chrome support forum, Google is in the process of "rolling out this feature to a small number of Chrome M74 users", and that it will become "more widely available in the near future". Chrome 74 beta for Android is also available on the Play Store. Google has listed all the security fixes and improvements that come with Chrome 74 here.

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