16
Jul
chromebeta

Google sometimes likes to throw fun little changes into beta builds of Chrome, with the most experimental of features being tucked away safely in the chrome://flags/ menu. Today's build – which just started rolling out a little while ago – brings one such feature to the table: the ability to access menu functions in one motion. It's called draggable menu, and it's easy to enable and even easier to use. Here's a look at it in action:

Note: This only works on devices with virtual menu buttons. If you have a physical menu button (for example, if you're using one of the popular Samsung Galaxy phones), you won't be able to utilize this trick as Chrome hides the on-screen menu button.

In order to give this feature a try for yourself, you must be running the latest beta. Past that, just type chrome://flags into the address bar, scroll about halfway down the page, and toggle the "Enable draggable menu button" option. You'll need to restart Chrome before the feature will be available, but past that, you should be able to swipe the menu button just like in the video above.

Enjoy!

Thanks, Jamie Morris!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Zak Taccardi

    This is pretty awesome. Definitely needs to be implemented across all of Android

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I kind of like having long-press show the tooltip that explains what a given button does, but for menu buttons, don't see why not.

      • Kevin

        can we talk about vine? I hear your a fan?

      • Bob

        Can I follow you on Vine? No? Oh..

  • Michael Forte

    I really miss the new tab button that they removed in the last Chrome Beta update...they should at least have an option for it. But this new option for draggable menu does help.

  • Keith

    I have it enabled but no menu button, just microphone

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Do you have a physical menu button?

      • http://jusuchin85.tumblr.com/ jusuchin85

        Same here @archon810:disqus. Using a Note 2 and upon enabling the option in flags, I could not see the menu option. Does this option only apply for those with on-screen buttons?

        • Justin W

          It seems like it. Do you have the menu button next to the address bar? I have it on my One, but obviously that doesn't have a menu button.

          • http://jusuchin85.tumblr.com/ jusuchin85

            Not really. All I see is the usual address bar and the tabs icon. No menu icon though.

        • portalpirate

          It only applies if you don't have a physical menu button.

          • http://jusuchin85.tumblr.com/ jusuchin85

            Thanks for the clarification @archon810:disqus and @portalpirate:disqus :D

            Too bad I could not use this, but it's cool!!! :D Enjoy those who can!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          We had a note at the bottom about this, but I just moved it up higher and clarified further. Yes, you need to have a phone without a physical menu button for this to work.

  • Mike Larrabee

    Please don't use Instagram video or Vines to demo app, etc. They don't work for me in Chrome or IE.

    • portalpirate

      They work for me, but I'd still rather Android Police not use Instagram Video.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Why not?

        • portalpirate

          It's more of a personal thing, but I've never had any respect for Instagram. I really see no point to the service at all, and have never seen any posts that couldn't have been posted in a better way on a different service. It's quite literally a service for hipsters who want to make their pictures "retro" but are too lazy to use Photoshop. On top of that, the whole Instagram Video thing is just a Vine knockoff. Facebook literally saw that Twitter was having success with Vine, and so they wanted to do the same thing. It misses the whole point by having 15 second videos instead of 6 seconds. From your other comment, I see that you don't like Vine for whatever reason, and that's fine with me. But as a reader, personally, using Instagram Video in a news post is like using Facebook comments on all articles. That being said, I'm just one reader, and I have huge respect for Android Police, and you guys using Instagram Video won't turn me away from the site, I just don't like it very much.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Well, I don't really care if Instagram copied Vine because they did a much-much better job at making a quick and easy video service that can very quickly let you stitch a few segments together for a quick feature highlight like what we posted here.

            Instagram has easy sharing/embedding, does not live on Twitter like a mutated monster, supports segment deletion while recording in case you mess up a portion, and actually lets you record a video of a useful size. I don't think I've ever seen a useful Vine, outside of this one: http://www.videobash.com/video_show/bo-burnham-s-first-collection-of-vines-706835

          • portalpirate

            Not trying to drag this on into a full-blown argument, as I understand you have your reasons, but here's a pretty good Vine just from today: http://seenive.com/v/957569629574897664

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Kill me now.

          • didibus

            Instagram was not the first app to have filters, and not the last. It's real strength comes in it's simplicity. Before being bought by facebook, it only needed a username and password to make an account, now they added email and name. And then, you could follow people, or have them follow you, and with the click of a button, instantly share pictures with all your followers. It is simple, does one task and does it really well, to share pictures taken on your phone quickly to people who are interested in seeing them.

            So, obviously, if you are not interested in taking pictures with your phone, and having them shared to people who are wanting to look at them, quickly, then you have no use for Instagram. The filters were an added bonus, to make even the post-processing quick, way quicker and more simple than copy file to PC, open in photo editor, modify, save, etc.

            Personally, it's my number one way of sharing pictures with my friends. It's quick, and 100% mobile. It works really well, and does not tie any identifiable info with my pictures, unlike facebook or google+. Because it limits you to one pic upload at a time, it also saves me from feed clutter, my friend are forced to pick only a few picture to share, and thus, curate the best they have for me.

        • Ronald Morasse

          For me, half the video was off the page using Chrome on android. I had to switch to desktop view to watch it and even then I could not get full screen to work.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Yeah, that part is unfortunate. I'll see if we can sort this out.

        • miri

          If Instagram had a proper Holo UI (or really anything less ugly) then I'd be all over it. Until then, it an go eat a pony (I have OCD and bad design is necrotic to my soul)

        • Mike Larrabee

          So, I found they work on my desktop but not my labtop for some reason. Must be a setting. Still, in Chrome on Android, it formats it off half off the screen. I understand the appeal of it for editing purposes, I personally just don't care about either one of these services.

        • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

          Well, personally I don't think it's very professional to use something like Instagram video. I would much rather see you use YouTube than Instagram video on a news article.

        • Justin Swanson

          Doesn't work for me either. Might be my office's settings. I can basically only view YouTube videos... any other format is blocked.

      • nxym

        doesn't work for me. there is an empty space for the 'video'. Why not use youtube like everybody else?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      They should work for everyone - they're just MP4 embeds, just like YouTube. Any idea why it might not work?

      We're experimenting using Instagram (fuck you, Vine) for short videos, and so far, I'm liking it quite a lot.

      • dhruva

        is vine so bad?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yes.

          • Mark Jefferies

            Why...?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            My experience with it has been horrible, and it just loses out in the openness to Instagram in every way. Now that Instagram supports embeds officially, it's the way to go. I'm really tired talking about Vine.

          • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

            Vine would have been 10000000000000 times better if for starters it was just a part of the twitter app

          • didibus

            Gotta give it to them though for the speed at which they update the Android app. But I don't trust twitter much, they just never bring anything new to their platform, it's been the same for years, and are just making it worst with removing their api slowly.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Chromium on Ubuntu is not working either.

      • Nick V

        Youtube is blocked in my office, but this is not. I cannot watch videos posted to Youtube.

    • Tom Sawyerer

      and they are blocked by firewall in my office. YouTube isn't.

    • Sycobob

      Using Chrome 28.0.1500.72 m on Windows 7 x64 and the video is just black. There's audio, but no video.

      • didibus

        Weird, I'm using Chrome 28.0.1500.72 m on Windows 7 64 bit, and had no problem playing it.

    • didibus

      I'm actually glad they used Instagram video. YouTube is blocked at my work, and not Instagram video. It played perfectly with the latest version of Chrome on Windows 7.

  • NoPovertyPimps

    I think the use of Instagram for quick tips and demos is slick and efficient. It's also a tactful way to promote another AP property. Good stuff.

  • Xephik

    I wish there was a way to get rid of tabs more quickly than now, once that's fixed/added, the Chrome app will be perfect in my eyes.

  • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

    Ah now I understand why my chrome menu button went away.... I have menu button enabled through Aokp on my Gnex.

  • Nathaniel Mosher

    So I REALLY hate that embedded Instagram video... Even if it wasn't blocked for me at work.

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