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15 May 12 Google Chrome 19 Adds Synched Tabs

Google today released a new, stable version of its Chrome browser that adds tab synching to the mix.

Users who are signed into Chrome will be able to surf the Web using Chrome on their work computer and pick up where they left off on a personal laptop at home, for example. Those with Chrome for Android beta can do the same on their smartphone.

In a Tuesday blog post, Raz Mathias, a Google software engineer, pointed to online recipe hunting as one use for tab synching. “Say you’ve found an awesome recipe on your work computer,” he wrote, “but when you get back home, you can’t quite remember if it was two teaspoons of baking soda or two teaspoons of baking powder. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pull up the same recipe on your home computer with one click?”

Chrome 19 Tab Sync

To activate, click the wrench icon on the top right of the Chrome browser and scroll down to “Sign in to Chrome.” In addition to tabs, this will also sync bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, themes, and other settings.

“That way, when you sign in to Chrome, you can have your personal Chrome experience on all your devices,” Mathias wrote.

Chrome 19 is now live, but tab sync will roll out in the coming weeks, he said.

The new browser release also includes a number of security fixes that resulted in about $7,500 worth of bug bounties, Google said on its Chrome Release blog.

Chrome for Android beta made its debut in February, but at this point it only works on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For more, see PCMag’s hands on.

Also check out PCMag’s review of Chrome.

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