Google Chrome 120 Lets You Copy Video Frames, Auto Tab Grouping

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Update: Chrome version 120.0.6099.62/.63 has been published to the stable channel on 5th December 2023. It fixes a total of 10 security vulnerabilities, 2 of which are deemed of high priority. Chrome 120 has also been released for Android, iOS, and Linux devices with different minor versions.

This build focuses on new goodies for the developers but also includes other new features and improvements discussed below.

As per the new release schedule for Google Chrome since version 110, Google has released version 120.0.6099.56 for the select user on the Early Stable Channel. This release applies to both Windows and macOS operating systems and the limited users selected for the Early Stable Channel will be receiving this update at the moment.

The rest of the Chrome users can expect a stable release of Chrome 120 next week (5-6 December).

Although Google has not published any release notes at the moment, we can anticipate the new features and improvements in this release through the Chrome Insider releases.

Latest Google Chrome Versions

PlatformVersionRelease Date
Chrome for Windows121.0.6167.85/.8623-Jan-24
Chrome for macOS121.0.6167.8523-Jan-24
Chrome for Linux121.0.6167.8523-Jan-24
Chrome for Android121.0.6167.10123-Jan-24
Chrome for iOS121.0.6167.13830-Jan-24
Latest Google Chrome versions for different OS

Chrome 120 release summary

  • Release Build:
    • Windows: 120.0.6099.62/.63
    • Mac/Linux: 120.0.6099.62
    • Android: 120.0.6099.43
    • iOS: 120.0.6099.101
  • Release Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2023
  • Compatibility: Windows 1110 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous Build: 119.0.6045.105/.106

New in Chrome 120

Ability to copy video frame

With Google Chrome version 120, you can now copy video frames. This means that you can pause any video playing inside the the Chrome browser, right-click it, and then click “Copy video frame“, which will save the video screen in the system’s clipboard. You may then continue to paste and use the copied frame in any other app.

Note: On certain websites, like YouTube, you may need to double right-click the video to get the menu.

In the example below, I am copying the frame from one of our own videos:

Pin side panel elements to toolbar

With Chrome version 120, you can now pin the tools in the sidebar directly into the toolbar at the top, alongside the Omnibox. This feature is useful for users who frequently need to access elements like the browser history, bookmarks, reading list, etc.

Note that there aren’t any release notes at the moment, this feature may be experimental and may need to be activated through a Chrome flag (chrome://flags/).

Pin sidebar elements to the toolbar in Chrome 120
Pin sidebar elements to the toolbar in Chrome 120

Automatic tab organization

Google is testing a new feature that will automatically group the tabs once you have opened too many. this is still a work-in-progress therefore this feature will need to be enabled using a Chrome flag.

When you open too many tabs inside Chrome, the browser will automatically group the tabs. This way you can return to similar tabs without having a clutter in the browser’s title bar.

Additionally, you can enable or disable this feature from an “Organize tabs” chip in the title bar. When a certain number of tabs are open, the chip will appear automatically. Toggling it will automatically group similar tabs into a single group, and additional groups will be made according to the tabs you have open simultaneously.

You can learn more about this feature from the following post on X (Twitter):

Note: The post is for when the feature was introduced to the Chrome Insiders, but this feature has now made its way to the stable releases.

Improved transparent navigation bar on Android

Google previously added the ability to turn the navigation bar on Chrome for Android transparent. This greatly enhanced the user experience by revamping the UI but also had a few glitches. For example, websites with a permanent header would have part of it cut off when scrolling, and when you enter a new address in Chrome, there was an unintended gap between the address bar and the first autocorrect suggestion.

Chrome 120 fixes this issue by introducing more experimental flags. Now, you can enable the following flags in Chrome for Android to experience the improved transparent navigation bar:

  • chrome://flags#DrawEdgeToEdge
  • chrome://flags#DrawWebEdgeToEdge
  • chrome://flags#DrawNativeEdgeToEdge

Another additional flag, which is “chrome://flags#DrawCutoutEdgeToEdge”, will coordinate the camera cutout at the top of the display with the extended draw area behind the navigation bar.

Password sharing with family

You can now share your passwords stored inside the Chrome Password Manager with your family with the click of a button.

A “share” button has been added to the password manager, which will display a list of family members inside a dialog box. The family members will be the people included in the Google Family Group.

You can learn how the feature works in this post:

Update to Chrome 120

Google Chrome is configured to be updated automatically by default. You can keep browsing the internet while Chrome downloads the newest version for you. It gets installed when you restart the browser.

If you already have Google Chrome installed on your computer, then updating it would be easy. Follow the guide below to update your existing Chrome browser to version 120.

Note: At the moment, this update will only be available to those who are selected for the Early Stable Channel releases.

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on the ellipses (3 dots) in the top-right corner.

    Click the ellipses
    Click the ellipses
  2. Expand Help and click “About Google Chrome.”

    About Google Chrome
    About Google Chrome
  3. Once the update is complete, click “Relaunch.”

    Note: The browser closes when you click Relaunch and then reopens, restoring all closed tabs.

    Relaunch Chrome
    Relaunch Chrome

The browser will now close and reopen. Once it does, you can navigate to the “About Google Chrome” page again and confirm that it has indeed been updated.

Chrome updated to version 120
Chrome updated to version 120

There are a few different methods that can also be used to update your Chrome browser to the latest version, including:

  • Update using Google update
  • Use the downloaded Chrome installer
  • Using Ninite
  • Download Chrome without using a browser

You can learn more about these methods in this guidepost.

You may also download the Chrome browser from the links below if you do not already have it.

Note: You may go through the Google Chrome updates blog to check the upcoming features in the beta and dev channels which will then be released to the upcoming version of Chrome 121 next month.

Download Google Chrome 120

Click on the links below to download Chrome 120 for the operating system of your choice:

Note: The respective links will be updated when Chrome 120 is officially available from Google.

Download Google Chrome offline installers [Stable, Beta, Dev, Canary]

DownloadGoogle Chrome web installer

DownloadGoogle Chrome offline installer

DownloadGoogle Chrome MSI Installer [Enterprise Edition]

DownloadGoogle Chrome for macOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Offline Installer for Linux

DownloadGoogle Chrome for Android

DownloadGoogle Chrome for iOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Portable

Install Google Chrome 120

Installing the Chrome browser on a Windows PC is as easy as downloading them. The process may vary for different platforms.

Download the file from the links above and then double-click it to execute. The rest of the process is pretty much automatic. The setup will download the required files (if the web installer was downloaded), install them for you and the browser will launch itself as soon as it is installed successfully.

Install Google Chrome
Install Google Chrome

How to uninstall Google Chrome

On a Windows PC, you can uninstall Google Chrome from the settings app, and the Programs & Features applet.

From the Settings app

  1. Navigate to the installed apps tab.

    • In Windows 11:

      Settings app >> Apps >> Installed Apps
    • In Windows 10:

      Settings app >> Apps
  2. Search for “Google Chrome.”

  3. Click on the 3 dots in front of “Google Chrome.”

    Expand Chrome settings
    Expand Chrome settings

    On Windows 11, click on the ellipses (3 dots) in front of Chrome.

    On Windows 10, click on “Google Chrome” to expand it.

  4. Click Uninstall.

    Uninstall Chrome
    Uninstall Chrome
  5. Click Uninstall again.

    Confirm uninstallation
    Confirm uninstallation

From Programs and Features

  1. Press the Windows Key + R to open the Run Command box.

  2. Type in “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter to open the Programs and Features applet.

    appwiz
    Open Programs and Features Applet
  3. Double-click “Google Chrome” from the list.

    Uninstall Chrome 2
    Uninstall Chrome

    Alternatively, right-click Chrome and then click Uninstall from the context menu.

Google Chrome will now be removed from your PC.

Google Chrome Releases Version History

Chrome VersionRelease DateFeatures
Chrome 12123-Jan-24Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, experimental generative AI tools to write text and create custom themes.
Chrome 1205-Dec-23Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, copy and save video frames, pin side panel elements to toolbar, improved transparent navigation bar on Android
Chrome 11931-Oct-2315 security updates, save and sync grouped tabs, smart Omnibox with typo detection, and continue where you left off on another device for iOS.
Chrome 11810-Oct-2320 security patches, extended Passkey support, Read Aloud in Reading Mode
Chrome 11712-Sep-23New Material You designs, intimation of potentially malicious web store extensions .
Chrome 11615-Aug-23Security update cadence changed to weekly from biweekly, One-Time permissions, 26 security patches
Chrome 11512-Jul-23Includes Topics API (Privacy Sandbox), reading mode, improved Memory Saver UI, HTTP automatic conversion to HTTPS
Chrome 11430-May-23Improves the Google Password Manager, introduces Popover API for developers , and adds auto-verification of CAPTCHAs.
Chrome 11326-Apr-23Makes notes in the sidebar, deletes the last 15-minute browsing history on Android, adds a bookmark or translate button in the toolbar on Android, enable or disables all extensions, and WebGPU enabled by default.
Chrome 1124-Apr-23Removal of Chrome app support, improved UI (experimental), CSS Nesting, WebAssembly Tail Call
Chrome 1116-Mar-23Automatic lazy-loading, sharing selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
Chrome 1107-Feb-23Improved Password Manager and Google Translate controls, Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State, opt-out support for Secure Payment Confirmation
Chrome 10910-Jan-23Conditional focus on screen sharing, Material You theming support
Chrome 10829-Nov-22Evergy saver mode, COLRv1 fonts, resize virtual keyboards (Android)
Chrome 10725-Oct-22HEVC hardware decoding, screen-sharing improvements, and User-Agent reduction (Phase 5)
Chrome 10628-Sep-22Selective text translation, integrated RSS reader, and advanced search improvements to Omnibox .
Chrome 10530-Aug-22Improvements for web applications in terms of customizations
Chrome 1042-Aug-22Automatic lazy-loading, share selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
Chrome 10321-Jun-22Pre-fetch page data for faster loading, local fonts for web apps, and block notifications automatically.
Chrome 10224-May-22Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches
Chrome 10126-Apr-22Improved downloads UI, save group tabs, and password manager
Chrome 10029-Mar-22Multi-screen API , audio controls
Chrome 991-Mar-22Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
Chrome 981-Feb-22Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android
Chrome 974-Jan-22Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled
Chrome 9615-Nov-21Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100
Chrome 9519-Oct-21Save grouped tabs, secure payments
Chrome 9421-Sep-21HTTPS-only mode, sharing hub
Chrome 9015-Apr-21AV1 codecs support, window naming feature
Download Google Chrome Offline Installers [Stable, Beta, Canary]
Google Chrome features introduced in each version
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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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