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Google Chrome is the most comprehensive browser you can get right now, primarily because of its substantial range of extensions. From blocking advertisements to applying a dark theme on Facebook, the Chrome web store has got you covered. However, there are a bunch of lesser known extensions developed in-house by Google which you might not know about, here we discuss five of those.
1. Google Input Tools
If you ever wanted to type in a different language without learning it or going through the hassle of translating every word, you should download Google Input Tools.
The Google Input Tools extension lets you type in over 90 languages which also includes regional ones such as Hindi, Gujarati, and more. Whenever you need to use the tool, just tap the extension icon and select the preferred language and begin writing. It will automatically translate each character you input. For speeches, it doesn’t support real-time conversation, you will have to draw the letters. However, it does already have compatibility for the major languages.
2. Google Tone
Google Tone is a rather uncanny attempt at achieving a task that you’d normally won’t favor. This extension is for getting everyone on the same web page as yours on Google Chrome and it does that by playing a custom tone for other computers within the earshot to hear. Okay, if this hasn’t made sense for you, here’s how it works – You’re browsing a website and there’s some interesting content you want to broadcast on your friend’s computer as soon as possible. Generally, you would send the link, the receiver will then wait for it open but with Google Tone, the web page pops up as soon as his/her Chrome browser hears the audio. It’s really riveting way to share links, however, for obvious reasons, it doesn’t always work especially in rowdy environments.
3. Password Alert
Online frauds have reached a record-high in the past year and almost each website we visit has a Google signup option which is preferred in most cases. Hence, it’s utterly important to know whether the website is feloniously impersonating the login page in order to capture your credentials. Enters, Password Alert Chrome extension.
The core purpose of this tool is to make sure your Google account stays clear from such phishing attacks. Employing the extension is quite straightforward – install Password Alert and whenever it recognizes that you’ve entered the details into anywhere other than Google’s sign-in page, you’ll get an alert for modifying the password if required.
4. Data Saver
Google has a Chrome extension if you’d like to monitor and conserve your internet data. The utility works by compressing the pages you visit before the browser downloads them entirely through Google servers. Yes, it is exactly what you get by default on Chrome’s smartphone applications, however with desktops, you’ll have to install this extension separately. Additionally, Data Saver also shows how much data you actually have used and how much did it saved. Moreover, you can check which websites are devouring the most by clicking the “details” button in the extension window.
5. Google Art Project
This little Chrome extension extracts Art Project masterpieces ranging from Van Gogh and Monet from Google Cultural Institute and updates the new tab page every day. The images are truly splendid and it also shows some details of the art at the bottom-left corner. You can, additionally, configure it to show a different image every time you fire up a new tab.
Those were the top five lesser known Chrome extensions, they’re definitely worth a try especially Google Art Project and Data Saver. Do comment down below if we missed any good ones.