Google's reinvention of the Chrome bookmark system, called Google Stars, was first spotted by Florian Kiersch nearly a month ago. Today, it looks like the Chrome extension and web interface are already live for the public, preceding any official word from Google about the burgeoning bookmarking service. For now, it looks like Stars is still in a dogfooding or testing phase.

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Users who install the Chrome extension (linked at the bottom of the post) will be able to access the service's web interface, which will automatically "add the Google magic to your data," collecting a history of topics you're interested in or things you've bookmarked, arranged automatically by date.


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Users can then organize bookmarks or stars into folders for easier access, and share those folders if they choose. There are also a selection of pre-determined filters based on your apparent interests. The Stars extension will also replace the typical "bookmark" icon in Chrome's omnibox, ensuring that you don't create duplicate bookmarks by instead directing new bookmarks to Stars.

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Behind the slick interface and the excitement of a new Google product, Stars is big news - it's easy to predict that the underlying process that determines what you are interested in will contribute to Google's aspiration to know more about you as a person, using that information to give you back information and helpful suggestions about what you where you want to go, or what you want to see and do.

The sharing aspect of Stars is an interesting addition, adding to its value by opening up the possibility of collaboration with others on a given topic and ostensibly placing Google in competition with services like Pocket, to some degree.

As we mentioned last time, Stars is obviously Chrome-centric, but it's very easy to see how this information (and indeed the bookmarking functionality itself) could carry over to a better, smarter mobile experience. The listing for Stars in the Chrome Web Store promises "more integrations to come," as bookmarks and frequent sites are the initial targets for inclusion.

Those interested in trying stars out should hit the link below. Since the service is still in a "dogfooding" phase, it may get taken down again.

Update: That was fast! It appears that Google has already yanked Stars back from the Chrome Web Store. Hopefully we'll see it again soon! If you still want to play with Stars, hit the second source link below to download the extension manually.


Google Stars Chrome Extension

Source: Florian Kiersch, Caschys Blog

Thanks, Benjamin Staneck!

Liam Spradlin
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  • Jephri

    Oooh. Magic.

  • joeljfischer

    Looks like a Pocket competitor, and most of Pocket's "premium" features appear to be free in this. That said, this is Chrome only.

    • ddpacino

      For now... Optimism. :)

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      If there is a web interface, it kind of becomes multi-platform in a way, right?

  • usaff22

    What do they have left to unveil at I/O this year?

    • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

      The merged Chrome/Android card UX, and Android Wear, for starters.

    • Jovie Brett Bardoles

      Android Wear.
      Project Hera.
      Project Tango
      Project Ara (not sure)
      What's new in Android's next version (it might be and the rumored major UI overhaul)
      Android Silver.

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

        Not convinced Hera is going to make it to I/O. May be too early.

        • Jovie Brett Bardoles

          I hope Google will not troll us with all the leaks we've seen 0.o

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            I would venture to say that a lot of the leaks we've seen recently won't be intro'ed at Google I/O. The revamped Gmail app and Calendar app possibly, but I don't think something like Hera is quite ready just yet.
            I would however expect the UI changes (obviously) in the next major Android version, but I'm not expecting that at I/O.

          • Jovie Brett Bardoles

            Thinking it might be a good move for Google to not show this on I/O so they won't get screwed hurrying things up like what they did on releasing Kitkat last year..

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            Sometimes at I/O though they preview stuff that isn't ready - like for instance at one I/O they previewed parts of Google Now that we didn't get for almost a year afterwards. EDIT - as for Android@Home.... perhaps it was just never ready.....

        • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

          Oh too bad. :(

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          They could at least show some kind of a prototype maybe

        • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

          but some of it is already out right? they may announce and roll out by end of year?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Android 4.4.3! (yeah I had to go there)

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    It is so... STARRY!

    • usaff22

      Your avatar is cute :)

      • Mozaik

        Its doge the white.

        • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

          Haha, no. Doge is a Husky, I think. This is just a Pomeranian.

  • Chad

    Welp speak of the devil. It lives..

  • DeletingBookmarksAsWeSpeak

    LOL..it aggregates all existing bookmarks. Let's just say it's pulled up some "interesting" categories that I had saved. ;)


    Am I the only one still not sure what this is? A revamped bookmarks interface with new features, am I close?

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

      Pretty dead on.

    • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

      Yes. The extension replaces the native chrome://bookmarks. Surely, this is going to be an extension temporarily and then get rolled into Chrome directly, in the same way that the "OK Google" hotword detection started out as an extension and eventually became a core feature of Chrome.

  • Jovie Brett Bardoles

    I hope this extension would be moved as a main feature of Chrome in the near future... I hate extensions, it eats thrice the RAM of my machine.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So when will this reach mobile?

    • Jovie Brett Bardoles


    • Christopher Mason

      Wait it's not even released yet

  • Lars Pfau

    Meh. Stars replaces the Chrome bookmarks manager.
    No thumbnail previews. Filters don't work for me ("No filters at this time").
    If I click on Folders I get to see the two folders that I already have right beneath the Folders button. The all items interface is quite slow.
    This really needs more work.

  • XellossMetallium

    Strange.. I can install the extension, the icon in the omnibar changes, but it is unresponsive.. left click on it, nothing happens.. right click > option.. it loads a new tab indefinitely.

    • Jovie Brett Bardoles

      Because it's dogfooding.

      • XellossMetallium

        Sorry, I don't know the precise meaning of dogfooding.. I intended it the same as testing, but maybe it means slow releasing only to selected users? Or I can expect it to automatically activate in some hours now that I added it?

        • Jovie Brett Bardoles

          It's like in a beta stage for testing purposes, just something like that so expect there will be some bugs that may appear when used :)

          • XellossMetallium

            Ohh, so it is active, just very bugged (at least for me)! I see!
            Well, it actually makes bookmarks unusable, so I'll just deactivate it and try again every two or three days :) Thanks!

          • Jovie Brett Bardoles

            Unfortunately, the extension has been taken off :/

          • XellossMetallium


          • emperor43

            I've left the tab opened for 15-30 minutes (it was using 25%..i think one core ..of my cpu) and now it 'works' but for my 4k bookmarks scrolling is really bad, there aren't any previews and the extension uses 220 mb ram

          • XellossMetallium

            Oh well, I almost reach the same number of bookmarks, so I won't expect anything exceptional, but let's try again! :)

        • mf

          Dog fooding idms internal. Beta testing is external

          • Jovie Brett Bardoles

            Thanks for the correction.

          • XellossMetallium

            So it was never intended to work for the general public (hence it has been removed)?

          • Barry Gilpin

            I think they do that on purpose knowing they'll pull it down when word leaks, after some of the blogs pick up on it. Happens every time.

  • rmkilc

    And... It's taken down already.

  • Karam M

    they took it down i guess

  • Taylor00

    This won't replace Bookmarks any time soon. Not for me anyway. Hell, at least in Bookmarks I can open a whole folder full of pages in a new window.

  • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

    And they just deleted it off the Chrome Web Store... I guess it wasn't ready yet.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I think they either killed it already on the back end, or your account has to be approved for it. My button does nothing, but when I right-click it and click Google Stars it tells me it's been removed from the Chrome Store. Also, Options takes me to a blank page.

    • Sapko82

      Star a page then click on star then hit View All Starred Items. Didn't work for me first time but second time worked, it might need some time to show up.

    • Matthew Fry

      Huh. It's working for me.

  • Luciano

    You can download the .crx in the source and sideload it.

  • JaiHoIndia
    • Raymond Berger

      Thank you so much for this! It can easily be sideloaded onto the Canary build (which installs sidebyside with any other build) (:

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Says "Apps, extensions, and user scripts cannot be added from this website." how do i bypass that?

      • JaiHoIndia

        Go to chrome://extensions/ ->> drop crx to browser to install.

        • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

          Awesome! thank you.

        • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

          hehehe this is great thanks!!

      • Marcell Lévai

        Open the containing folder of the extension in your file browser, then go to extensions screen in chrome. Drag and drop to the middle.

    • Marcell Lévai

      You're awesome, thank you!

    • Raymond Berger

      @rajeshmukkala:disqus if I sideload the crx do you know if I'll get updates automatically once the do put it on the chrome web store?

      • JaiHoIndia


    • Sky

      thanks for the heads up , never knew how to install chrome apps manually..you learn something new every day. :)

      Edit: this was ment for your other comment below, regardless thanks for the link.

    • Alfredo Hernández

      Thank, mate!

  • Scott Ricketts

    Pulled already! Farging iceholes.

    • SSDROiD


  • NF

    This seems really awesome if combined with Keep.

  • Raymond Berger

    What extension is that green dot next to stars in this image? http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/nexusae0_large-1_thumb.png

  • Franco

    Please don't replace Bookmarks with this in the future. Let everyone who wants this use it as an extension. Best of both worlds. Don't mess with my bookmarks.

  • darkdude1

    You can tell this is a preview, they have a link to this URL in the source code:



  • Pocket
  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Uh, can't find the .crx in the second source link :/

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    For me, under folder, it is finding only "Bookmarks bar" even though I actually have several others. Well, it is pre-release; so it's expected.

  • Damian

    Very good news :) If I would star some page (using this extension) and that page would be taken down, do I still have access to this page?

  • Deeco

    Sorry, but can someone explain to me what this is? Is it like Pocket?

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      It's bookmarks with pretty pictures.

  • Hayden Lewis

    Where is this second link to download it manually?

  • rcrow490

    Hopefully, it will import my bookmarks from the Google Bookmarks website as well.

  • D4niel

    Ugh! Folders instead of labels. I want to be able to apply multiple categories to things, just like in Gmail and Google Bookmarks.

    • Nicklas

      What exactly is Google Bookmarks?

      • D4niel
        • Nicklas

          Still no clue, honestly. Is it like regular bookmarks? I've never used it before though i still have one bookmark for my home address. I'm guessing Google apps (like Maps) use it internally?

  • t4exanadu

    This doesn't work at all in the latest Chrome Dev build. Open tab with bookmarks crashes repeatedly.

  • Luca Comellini

    No magic here...it's only the list of my bookmarks. Am I doing something wrong??

  • David Belyea

    Well I guess Pocketing this post until I get home and install on my machine is one of the last times I'll use that service.

  • Myles Formby

    Is this available for Mac OSX?

  • goodlab

    Happy to see Chrome finally try to improve bookmarks. BUT all I want is a bookmark sidebar like the one in firefox. I got tired of waiting for chrome to add a sidebar bookmarks panel so I developed one. You can see it here. Hope it helps. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sidecar-bookmarks-sidebar/lbnegejhdjianfmbancpeflnkbfollfi