Chrome for Android gets new features, facelift to the start page coming soon

August 24, 2013
    Google’s popular mobile browser is going to receive a redesigned start page, a hidden setting reveals. Other new features include image search and new gestures.

    chrome gestures

    For the majority of users of modern Android devices, Google’s Chrome is the browser of choice, so it’s good to see Google constantly tweaking the app and adding new features.

    This week, Google announced that two small enhancements are heading to the stable version of Chrome for Android. The first is reverse image search: long press any image and select image search from the menu to be taken to a list of sites that display said image. This feature mirrors the functionality that is coming on Chrome for desktop. The second change is a new way to switch between tabs using gestures.

    More interestingly, JR Raphael of Computerworld found a setting in the latest Chrome Beta that enables a redesigned start page. Just go to chrome://flags from the address bar and check the “Enable the New NTP” option in the settings. This should reveal a work-in-progress variant of the start page that always shows the Google search box, along with thumbnails for most visited pages, and links to Bookmarks and synced devices.

    chrome-android-new-tab-page Computerworld

    The new page is a major departure from the current design, which is, at least in my opinion, not very intuitive and ergonomic. We don’t know for now when will the redesign roll out, though it shouldn’t be long probably.

    Comments

    • Michael Muyunda

      I THOUGHT THEY WOULD MERGE IT WITH GOOGLE NOW.

    • oldboot37

      Let’s see some Chrome Casting options.

    • MasterMuffin

      How did I miss this, I always check the flags :( Much better starting screen!

    • Piyush

      Why only regret about chrome is that it sucks at scrolling.

    • Tamadrummer94

      Not sold on the “new page” screen. I think the current one needs to be simpler but that one makes it look like whatever I do I’m going to end on a search results page. I’m not sure people know or want to be punching their URLs into a Google search box. And if it doesn’t accept URLs, then it’s utility should be called into question.

    • Roberto Tomás

      I need extensions like stylebot and google dictionary ! I remember back in 2011 people saying that extensions for chrome in android were just around the corner , and, so far as I know they still are.

      • Fishbowl

        I know how you feel, sometimes I jump between using chrome and dolphin for the extensions

    • Erushad

      That awkward moment whe nyou see your countrys name on Android Authority..

    • Dave B

      I’m not technically interested in any of this and don’t even know how to find out what the browser on my AT&T galaxy s2 is. What I have known for the two and a half years that I’ve used Android phones is that Google search is slow and stupid. I really don’t even know what everybody means by browser and whether that is different from search engine; Yahoo search beats absolutely everything that has the name Google attached to it. On my old laptop and my almost old netbook, Google is the brain damaged relative that you keep locked in the basement.

    • Rob Haire

      Nice, the start screen needed to be revamped

    • Kim Johny

      Chrome lacks two important features for me: adblock and flash player. Without these I will stay with MiniBrowser Pro.

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