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Google Chrome has a new horizontal tab switcher being tested

The new feature can now be previewed on the Google Canary app.

  • Updated: May 28, 2018 9:29 AM IST

Google has been testing out its new, as yet unnamed Android version P. It has introduced quite a few new features. Among these is the new horizontal app switcher feature and from the latest developments, Google seems like it is trying to implement the same feature on its Chrome app as well. And this has been introduced in the most recent update on the Google Canary app, which is the unstable test version of Google Chrome that is a testing ground for upcoming Chrome features.

The Google Canary app is downloadable from the Google Play Store and comes with the warning that it is an unstable version. The latest update introduces the design where the already open tabs are shown side by side instead of one on top of the other. This allows the user to see the whole contents of the page in the preview itself as opposed to before when only a portion of the page could be seen due to the other tabs being in the way.

In this new format, swiping up and down will close the tab, much like the previous template where swiping left or right on a tab closes it. Besides this there has been some redesigning with the incognito windows as well. And now all the Incognito windows can be seen by tapping on the Incognito icon on the top right. Tapping on the same button brings back the regular tabs.

To try out this feature right now, users will have to install the Google Canary app from the Play Store and bring up the flags by entering “chrome://flags” in the search box. Then one needs to find the #enable-horizontal-tab-switcher option and enable it.

  • Published Date: May 28, 2018 9:27 AM IST
  • Updated Date: May 28, 2018 9:29 AM IST