Google Rolls Out Chrome 121 With Experimental AI Features

Update: Google Chrome version 121 is now available to everyone on the Stable channel. However, the experimental AI features like auto-grouping of tabs, creating text, and generating themes, are only limited to users in the US at the moment – the features will become generally available soon. Additionally, Google Chrome addresses 17 security features, 3 of which are of high severity.

Google has released Cadence for the Chrome browser for 4 weeks. However, with the Christmas holidays in between, we had to wait 7 weeks before Chrome finally rolled out Chrome 121. Users preselected for the Early Stable release of Chrome Chrome version 121.0.6167.75. Now, the Windows users will get Chrome version 121.0.6167.85/.86.

Latest Google Chrome Versions

PlatformVersionRelease Date
Chrome for Windows122.0.6261.57/.5820-Feb-24
Chrome for macOS122.0.6261.5720-Feb-24
Chrome for Linux122.0.6261.5720-Feb-24
Chrome for Android122.0.6261.6420-Feb-24
Chrome for iOS122.0.6261.6220-Feb-24
Latest Google Chrome versions for different OS

Chrome 121 release summary

  • Release Build:
    • Windows/macOS: 121.0.6167.75
    • iOS: 121.0.6167.66
  • Release Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2024
  • Compatibility: Windows 1110 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous Build: 120.0.6099.56

What’s new in Chrome 121

Generative AI in Chrome

As mentioned earlier, Google is beginning to test generating AI with Chrome 121. This means that artificial intelligence will be able to assist you with your writing.

According to some leaks from Leopeva64 on “X” (Twitter), the “Experimental AI” tab has replaced the “Advanced” tab in Chrome’s settings.

  • Help me write: This option will be available in the context menu when you right-click on a text field on the web. It will help you write short-form content and preset suggestions based on your prompts and the content of the web page.
  • Tab Organizer: AI will automatically organize similar tabs for you, and reduce the clutter. To use this option, right-click on a tab and then click “Organize similar tabs.
  • Create themes with AI: You will be able to customize Chrome themes based on your mood, subject, visual style, and color of your choice. To use this feature, open a new tab and click “Customize theme.”

Option to disable autofill

The autofill option when working with forms and other input fields does not always work well in Chrome. Sometimes, using third-party password managers is the better alternative. However, currently, they do not work well with Chrome’s native autofilling capabilities and can often duplicate hovering autofill options.

Google now plans on including an option that will allow you to disable Chrome’s native autofill altogether on your Android devices.

Google could add web app restoration to Android

When you switch to a newer Android phone, all the apps are automatically downloaded off the Play Store as soon as you sign into your Google account. Similarly, Chrome will now allow you to restore your web applications as well that were previously available on your older device through the Chrome browser.

After switching your phone, opening the Chrome browser for the first time will prompt it to ask you whether you wish to restore your web apps.

Updated Material Design for Android

Google’s Android design language is continually changing, which causes its applications to change as well. That also applies to Chrome 121.

It gets a new toggle design in the settings that closely follows the most recent Material Design update from Google. The toggles are more vivid and prominent, which makes it simpler to quickly identify which are switched on and off.

Upgrade to Google Chrome 121

To perform an in-place upgrade, go to Help > About Google Chrome in the Chrome browser. The browser will then check for pending updates and install it automatically. When the update is ready to be installed, click Relaunch.

Otherwise, you can use the following direct download links to perform a fresh installation or to update the existing version.

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DownloadGoogle Chrome Offline Installer for Linux

DownloadGoogle Chrome for Android

DownloadGoogle Chrome for iOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Portable

Uninstall Google Chrome

In case you need to uninstall Chrome from your Windows PC, go to Settings app >> Apps >> Installed Apps, search for “Google Chrome,” click on the 3 dots in front of “Google Chrome,” click Uninstall, and then click Uninstall again to confirm.

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Google Chrome Releases Version History

Chrome VersionRelease DateFeatures
Chrome 122 (Early Stable)20-Feb-24WebGPU enhancements, Read Aloud for Android, and Help Me Write introduced
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
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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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