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Google Chrome gets AI boosted to help you be more productive and creative

By Ken Wong - on 25 Jan 2024, 11:28am

Google Chrome gets AI boosted to help you be more productive and creative

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Google has been adding AI to its software to increase our productivity and creativity in both its apps and smartphones. With the release of Chrome M121 (currently in beta), the company is introducing three new experimental generative AI features to make it easier and more efficient to browse on Chrome.

In a blog post, Google says that the new features will be available to users in the United States who use Chrome on Macs and Windows PCs over the next few days. They leverage Google’s advanced machine learning and AI technologies to automate and enhance common tasks such as organising tabs, creating your own custom themes, and getting help to draft text for the web.

Smartly organise your tabs

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While you can currently manage open tabs in Chrome, using the new Tab Organizer feature you can right-click on a Chrome tab and select “organize similar tabs,” and Chrome will attempt to create a tab group based on your open tabs. So, it will automatically sort open tabs related to travel, shopping, or music into one.

To use this feature, right-click on a tab and select “Organize Similar Tabs” or click the drop-down arrow to the left of your tabs. Chrome will even suggest names and emojis for these new groups so you can easily find them again when you need them next.

Create your own themes with AI

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Google said that it was bringing a text-to-image diffusion model to Chrome so users can personalise their browser. They can generate custom themes based on an image, mood, visual style and colour from the “Customize Chrome” side panel.

Simply click “Change theme” and then “Create with AI” to generate a theme around the “aurora borealis”, in an “animated” style with a “serene” mood.

Don’t get stuck while working online

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Stuck on writing a report for school or a review of the latest movie you saw? Google is adding its “Help me write” feature to get you started. A user needs only to right-click a text box or field on any site visited in Chrome and select “Help me write.” Type in a few words and Google’s generative AI will kickstart the writing process.

Getting started

Getting started once these features are available is simple. Users just need to sign into Chrome, select “Settings” from the three-dot menu and navigate to the “Experimental AI” page.

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