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Google is working on Chrome OS-like gesture-based navigation system in Chrome for Android

This gesture-based navigation is already available on Google Chrome OS and macOS.

  • Published: November 27, 2018 11:16 AM IST
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Google seems to be working on an important user interface (UI) behavior change for its in-house browser Google Chrome. According to the latest report on the internet, it looks like Google is planning to bring gesture-based navigation system to Google Chrome for Android. According to the information available about the UI change, users may soon be able to navigate forward and backward between pages with the help of simple right and left swipes in Chrome. This feature is already available on Google Chrome OS and macOS. The developers have started working on adding the feature to the code of the app.

The feature is likely to come to the Google Chrome flags page. A place that many Chrome users may be familiar with if they have tried to test a feature that Google wanted to test before rolling out to the public. Interested users can keep an eye on the flags pages to look for the feature. For some context, Google Chrome Flags is a page where users can enable or disable the features present in the browser. This page is not directly accessible from the Google Chrome settings because it serves as an experimental playground for the company.

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The developer commits related to this feature were initially reported by Chrome Story. Once the code for the feature is added, the first place where the feature may make its way is the Google Chrome Canary build, a test release channel that is mostly aimed at testers and developers who don’t mind using unstable software.

This move is likely to inspire other Android app developers to look at in-app gestures considering the shape and form-factors of Android devices have gradually changed over the years.

  • Published Date: November 27, 2018 11:16 AM IST