Google Chrome just got huge upgrades on iOS and Android — what you need to know

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Google is making some big changes in Chrome to help make searching from your iPhone or Android phone just as easy as it would be on your laptop.

In a new blog post, the search giant revealed that it will add new Chrome Actions for businesses, shortcut suggestions in search results, a redesigned address bar on tablets and several other new updates to improve search on mobile devices.

Searching for local businesses will soon be even easier thanks to new Chrome Actions designed to help save you time. For instance, when searching for a restaurant, new shortcut buttons will let you quickly do things like call, get directions or read reviews. This way, you can do more with fewer taps on your smartphone.

The address bar in Google Chrome on Android and iOS is getting a similar upgrade but with a more personalized touch. Instead of having to type in exactly what you want, Google’s browser will now pull up previous websites based on what you type in the address bar in your phone’s browser.

Let’s say you usually type in “schedules” to see bus times for City Metro as that word is part of the site’s description. With this new feature, City Metro will now show up higher in your search suggestions whenever you search for “schedules.” 

Google Search on mobile using the Chrome browser

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If you don’t know exactly what you want to look for, you might want to see what searches are currently trending on Google. On the best Android phones, trending search suggestions appear when you click the address bar from Chrome’s New Tab page. Now though, this feature is also coming to the address bar on iOS.

Since phones can’t have all the fun, Google is also giving the Chrome address bar on the best iPads and best Android tablets a refresh as well. This will allow it to take advantage of their larger screens. Once this feature is live, the website you’re currently on will remain visible beneath the address bar’s drop-down menu just in case you want to go back to it without having to reload the page.

Finally, Google is adding live sports cards to Chrome’s Discover Feed in the New Tab page on iOS and Android. This will give you automatic updates on how a game is going when your favorite team is playing based on the teams you’ve followed or searched for in the past. Of course, you can always use Chrome’s three-dot menu to customize your Discover Feed.

Searching on your laptop or desktop has usually been easier but with these new features in Chrome, you might stick to using your phone or tablet instead.

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