Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Chrome 80 Is Less Annoying Thanks to Fewer Pop-Ups

Chrome 80 Is Less Annoying Thanks to Fewer Pop-Ups

While some sites provide a steady stream of great content you don't want to miss out on (ahem, Android Authority), most users are not interested and deny or ignore notification requests every time they pop up. For a full list of features coming with the newest version, check out the Chrome 80 release notes.

Google's post says that, while notifications are "an essential capability for a wide range of applications", Chrome's permission pop-up is also "a common complaint" among users that "interrupt [s] the user's workflow and result [s] in a bad user experience". To use it, you will have to activate it directly in the settings. But the way that Chrome and third-party browsers handle it is still not very practical. To do this, the toggle "Sites can ask to send notifications" must be enabled in Settings Site Settings Notifications, then the checkbox "Use quieter messaging" must be checked, it said.

Notification swatting aside, Chrome 80 also boasts a number of other notable tweaks for users to get excited about.

In just a few words, this is Google's very own way of dealing with notifications that users come across when browsing the web. Users can opt for quieter prompts manually, or disable it completely.

What do you think of this new notification management? Now, when tons of sites support notifications, the pop-up can be pretty annoying. The functionality is pretty cool for tracking the sites you like the most. Interestingly, Mozilla announced basically the same changes to Firefox recently.

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However, it is likely that you want to be notified only by a handful of sites, or that you do not want these requests to appear by default.

This approach is meant to automatically block notification prompts from sites that users believe are spam, while allowing legitimate sites to continue showing notifications to users - such as notifications request popup from sites like Twitter, Facebook, Slack, and others. Plus, Google has also added a nifty alert to tell you if Chrome is automatically blocking notifications based on your prior behaviours. Also, notifications from sites with "low opt-in rates" will be blocked. Chrome users made their voice heard as well, requesting that Google take a similar approach.

"The automated enrollment will be enabled gradually after the release while we gather user and developer feedback", Google added.

Google plans to enable the quieter notifications feature automatically in certain cases but users of the web browser may also enable it manually directly.

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