Google Chrome: before and after September 2018 facelift

September 2018 marked Google Chrome’s ten year anniversary since its first public release on 02/Sep/2008. The Google Chrome released version 69.03497 updating it from Google Chrome version 68.0.3440 in September 2018 to mark the tenth anniversary of its first public release.

Before and after screenshots:

Google Chrome version 69.03497 introduced a fresh new interface of the browser, a major facelift which is a welcome change in the user community. Users who didn’t anticipate an interface makeover and want to document the Google Chrome browser screenshots before and after version 69.03497 upgrade can do so using following images.

Old Google Chrome Version 68.0.3440.106 September 2018

New Google Chrome Version 69.03497 September 2018

Technical Update:

Among all the technical highlights¹ the significant ones to note are;

New toggleAttribute() method on elements toggles the existence of an attribute, similar to classList.toggle().

The Web Locks API allow users to asynchronously acquire a lock, hold it while work is performed, then release it.

From the CSS4 spec, users can now create colour transitions around the circumference of a circle, using conic gradients.

JavaScript arrays are getting two new methods: flat() and flatMap().

OffscreenCanvas moves work off the main thread in a worker, helping to eliminate performance bottlenecks.

Google Chrome No Internet T-Rex Dinosaur Message

Dino Game Manual Access:

Chrome users would be aware that when a computer does not have internet connection, and if they try to access a website the browser displays ‘ERR_INTERNET_DISCONNECTED’ error message. The error message has a t-rex dinosaur silhouette followed by ‘no internet’ text. If the user presses space bar on no internet error screen then the Chrome browser allows user to play ‘T-Rex Runner’ game within the browser. Version 69.03497 update allows users to access T-Rex Runner manually² even when internet is on. The address bar command ‘chrome://dino’ allows users to access the T-Rex Runner manually.

Google Chrome No Internet T-Rex Runner Dinosaur Game Play


Websites and URLs referred in footnotes had the information referred in above post at the time of posting this blog however that information may be removed or altered in the future.

¹ Thanks to Wikipedia for chrome version technical updates -

² Thanks to Popular Science blog for T-Rex Runner address bar update commands -


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