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Google Chrome Adding New Tools to Make Holiday Shopping Easier

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With roughly a week to go before Christmas, there’s still a little bit of time left to grab all the remaining gifts on your shopping list. Starting now, Google is rolling out a handful of convenient tools on Chrome to make it easier for you to finish your holiday shopping.

Whether you’re looking for some inexpensive stocking stuffers, gifts you can send remotely, or literally anything because you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, these five tools are the perfect way to help you keep track of what you want to buy and click “order” once you’re ready to check out. Use all of them, or mix and match to your liking—either way, they’re a great way to reduce the stress that tends to come along with shopping for gifts.

Track Price Drops

Waiting to snag a sweet last-minute price drop on a particular product—like a robot vacuum, Android smartphone, or soundbar for your home theater—but don’t want to spend all day searching for the best price on each website? Let Chrome do that for you.

Now, Chrome for Android (in the United States) will show an item’s updated price in your open tabs grid, making it easy for you to see when the price drops. This easy, hands-off feature makes one of the worst and most tedious parts of online shopping a little more bearable. It will also roll out to iOS users within the next few weeks.

Search with Your Camera via the URL Bar

If you see a product you like while out shopping at a store, you can search for it instantly using Google Lens in Chrome for Android. From the address bar, simply tap the Lens icon and start a search.

Soon, you’ll also be able to use Lens with Chrome on desktop. There, if you find a product that interests you and you want to learn more about it, just right-click and select the “Search images with Google Lens” option. Draw over that item with your mouse, and Lens will display any results it finds in a new tab.

Find Your Lost Shopping Carts

If you’re like most people, you occasionally add products to a cart, get sidetracked, then can’t remember which store you were building a shopping cart with earlier. Now, on Chrome for Windows and Mac (in the United States), all you’ll need to do is open a new tab and BAM—there are all your open carts, centralized and easy to access.

If you’re still interested, all you need to do is click on that cart and head to checkout. Some retail partners (like Zazzle, Homesquare, iHerb, and Electronic Express) might even offer discounts when you come back to check out.

Get Help Remembering Your Passwords

One of the most annoying parts of online shopping is creating and remembering your log-in info for each site you shop at. Chrome can help you create unique, secure passwords whenever you sign up for new accounts, and store logins you’ve already created. If you’re looking for more robust password management options, though, we recommend signing up for a dedicated password manager.

Simplify Checkout

Having to enter your shipping and payment details each time you buy something online is just as annoying as having to create and remember account logins. Fortunately, Chrome can handle this for you with Autofill and automatically fill out these details for you if you want. And any time you enter your data into a new form, the browser will ask you if you want to save it. Easy peasy!

Source: Google

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Suzanne Humphries was a Commerce Editor for Review Geek. She has over seven years of experience across multiple publications researching and testing products, as well as writing and editing news, reviews, and how-to articles covering software, hardware, entertainment, networking, electronics, gaming, apps, security, finance, and small business. Read Full Bio »