Google Chrome 99 Released With Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements

It has been 4 weeks since Google Chrome’s last version upgrade, and now it is time for Chrome 99. Google Chrome has been upgraded to version 99.0.4844.51 on the stable channel, which brings about new features and improvements.

This release also includes 28 security improvements, of which 9 are of high importance. Therefore, if you use Chrome often and want to keep your system safe from external threats, you can upgrade to this build using the given guide, or install Google Chrome using the given links below.

Google Chrome is supported on Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and Linux.

Release Summary

Upgrade to Chrome 99

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 99.0.4844.51.

  1. Launch Google Chrome and click on the ellipses (3 dots) in the top-right corner of the browser. Then, expand Help, and click About Google Chrome.
    About
  2. As soon as the About page opens, the browser will start searching for an update and then automatically download it. Once it is ready to install, you will be presented with a Relaunch button. Click Relaunch.
    Note: The browser closes when you click Relaunch and then reopens, restoring all closed tabs.
    relaunch 1

The browser will now close and reopen. When it does, you can navigate to the About Google Chrome page again and confirm that it has indeed been updated to version 99.

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 given below if you do not already have it.

Download Google Chrome 99

Click on the links below to download Chrome 99.0.4844.51:

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 99

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.

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Chrome 99 installing

The process is the same for all Windows versions.

What’s New in Google Chrome 99

System Date Picker

Previously, developers had to use a CSS hack or custom widgets for their web applications, so that users could select a date in a form. This resulted in a heavier, unoptimized web app. Chrome 99 eliminates this problem and allows users to use their system’s date picker to input a date.

You can try out this feature on a demo website after upgrading to Chrome 99.

Downloads Shortcut in Top Menu

Chrome previously showed all recent downloads in a bar at the bottom of the browser. However, Google Chrome has now switched to a more Microsoft Edge-type look and introduced a new downloads button in the top menu alongside your Chrome account icon.

When a new download begins, you will now see a blue download icon appear at the top menu. Once the download is complete, the blue icon will turn gray and then disappear shortly after.

New downloads icon
New downloads icon

Web Handwriting Recognition

Google has been experimenting with a handwriting recognition API for some time now. With Chrome 99, they have now finalized this new feature and introduced it to the stable channel.

Users can now input text using their handwriting in web applications which converts your writing into text. You can check out the details of this feature and a visual example in this blog post.

Handwriting recognition
Handwriting recognition

Google Chrome Update History

Chrome VersionFeatures
Chrome 102Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches
Chrome 101Improved downloads ui, save group tabs and password manager
Chrome 100Multi-screen API, audio controls
Chrome 99Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
Chrome 98Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android
Chrome 97Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled
Chrome 96Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100
Chrome 95Save grouped tabs, secure payments
Chrome 94HTTPS only mode, sharing hub
Chrome 90AV1 codecs support, window naming feature
Google Chrome features introduced in each version

Final Verdict

Google has shifted the release of new Chrome versions from a 6-week cycle to a 4-week cycle. Therefore, we do not see any major changes to the browser altogether. However, Google still improves the browser’s features and publishes them as they get finalized.

Google Chrome 100 is expected in another 4 weeks, which should be around 28th March 2022. This will mark 100 versions of Google Chrome. We certainly hope this century will bring along new, exciting features.

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