In July, Chrome Beta was updated with a new interface that more closely adhered to Google's new design vision - material design. Fitting with Google's occasional habit of stripping things down during major refreshes (see Google Maps on the web), many elements of the interface were sliced, rearranged, or simplified, including the tab indicator in the top right corner of the screen. Previously, the indicator showed users how many tabs were open, but after the redesign it simply displayed a square (or two stacked squares if you had multiple tabs open). This was a thorn in the side of many users, who missed the helpful bit of information.

In Chrome Beta's latest update (to version 37.0.2062.117), the tab indicator - among other elements - has been tweaked, once again counting up your open tabs.

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left: before, right: after

If you're using Chrome Beta and missing the numbered tab indicator, hit the widget below to grab the update and regain some peace of mind.

Thanks, everyone!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • whispy_snippet


  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

    If they could just bring back the refresh button that would be great.

    • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

      Look in the Overflow Menu.

      • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

        That's two taps, and on the Note3 it requires me to swing my finger to bottom left, tap, swing near top right, tap.

        • Stylus_XL

          Slide your finger down the overflow menu and back up to refresh. Makes it effectively one tap. Never used a Note 3, so don't know why it might be different on that device.

          • Ishmeet kalra

            Prior to the S5, Samsung has had a habit of removing the overflow menu and making the users use the hardware menu key for that purpose

          • Ben F

            doesnt have an overflow with a dedicated menu key?

            But this tip works a dream on my Nexus

          • Transflux

            I thought KitKat forced overflow even with a menu button, unless Samsung disabled that.

          • Mark

            It's not an on-screen button for sammy devices.

          • matt manjack

            Confirmed. I was curious why the overflow button wasn't there a few updates ago on Galaxy S4 active....now i know why.

        • Adrian Meredith

          Its poor design to make every button accessible with one click. Refresh is really not that frequently used to require it to be visible all the time.

          • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

            Refresh/Stop have been part of the address bar for years. My usecase is a personal web twitter client which I manually refresh multiple times everyday.

          • EpicTickles

            might as well tap the address bar and hit enter to refresh

          • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

            which requires the same huge finger movement, just in the opposite direction.

          • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

            Create your own browser or find a new one? Not every app is going to be perfect for everyone. All you can really do is keep bugging Google or go another route.

          • AllPurposeRadio

            True and if it was something that had never been implemented before I could understand but it is frustrating when apps arbitrarily remove standard features that were typically useful previously.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            Interesting, it almost seems as though Google is not developing their products around the specific use cases of Android Police commenter artesea. Crazy!

          • numpty

            Sounds like the sort of web app that ought to be able to refresh itself periodically, or have a refresh button of its own.

          • godutch

            I use it quite a lot, not only when pages fail to load but also to check for new replies.

          • ConCal

            I use it all the time. It should be on there. Its not poor design if people use it.

        • tdurden64111

          I thought to reach anything on the top of the Note you needed a ladder.

  • Mohibb

    Is it just me, or is the icon smaller as well?

  • Damodara das

    This release feels completely ready to push as stable. Just saying... tab counter makes it perfect. :)

  • Forever Alone

    The first thing I did and...

    • EH101

      Ha, that's awesome and happens when you hit 100 tabs open.

  • Leonardo Baez

    I had to stop use beta and switch back to "normal" version, because even when I open multiple tabs, the browser only shows me the latest one.

  • Tomfoolery


    • Android Developer

      Why? can't you install via the Play Store ?

  • Mystery Man

    My Jimmies were rustled. Glad they added this back.

  • Josep Reyes

    love chrome beta but does anyone else get hanging page loading. Sometimes i type an address and it doesnt load so i have to open a new tab and do it again.

    • Peter

      do you have the bandwidth-saving option enabled?

      • Josep Reyes

        not currently. do you think that could be the problem?

    • http://myanimelist.net/animelist/kouhai-chwan Kouhai

      Yup. Happens sometimes

    • whispy_snippet

      I think that has actually been addressed in this update. Check the detailed change log.

    • TDioWS

      Sometimes I even have to force-stop it :/

    • Robin

      This happens for me since Chrome 35:
      1. open a link from another app, for example Gmail or google search
      2. Press back to close this site
      3. Open Chrome and open a bookmark or enter any URL

      BAM! Blank page! You can still open links or mark text, but you just see white nothingness...
      I fix it by pressing the multitasking button, but that's still annoying.
      There are several bug reports, but google does not care. Ridiculous!

  • miri

    Preferred the cleaner empty square, but not bad.

  • Peter

    anyone managed to disable the New Tab Page in chrome://flags ? it seems to ignore my settings.

    • IrishSid


  • http://myanimelist.net/animelist/kouhai-chwan Kouhai

    Is there any way to disable those speed dial tabs shown at the bottom of the startup page?

    • sabby

      Just visit porn sites in incognito mode ...:D

  • Matthew Merrick

    Yay, finally able to re-un-install chrome "stable"!

  • Alberto Blasi

    Hope it's because this is beta, but whenever i compare it to the News and Weather app they just released I just shake my head at the different sizes for the overflow icons. They promised consistency with Android L but apparently they keep ignoring their own rules as they did with Holo.

  • blindexecutioner

    Without a close button people clearly shouldn't care how many tabs they have open. Google obviously feels you should rarely close them.

    For me a close button (and a home button) are two required items in a modern browser.

    • ConCal

      What? Closing is really easy. You just swipe away the page or it the x in upper right corner of the page. You make no sense.

  • Vladimir

    Does anyone know how to reset the new tab bookmarks (the most used sites)? I accidentally deleted AP and now I can't get it back :(
    Complete data reset doesn't work.

  • gumbald

    Android Police site still looks the same though.

  • BetaTester

    I dond get page number on tablet (but dont need it:-)
    EVEN BETTER IS, they fixed the Tabs Bug now, I could only see and open 1 Tab (without page description and white space instead) in Landscape mode.
    AND they updated the "loading circle" to blue wich is better than 'invisible' grey (from befeore).

  • Jason Kahn

    You don't realize how important something is until it's taken away.

  • myculito

    Is anybody else seeing an arrow that will send you back up to the top of the web page you are viewing?

    • Jason Kahn

      I think it's done by the website your on I've seen it on Desktop Chrome and even IE for a couple of months now. I like the feature I wish more websites would do it.

  • LennyF

    MiniBrowser is still the best browser. Chrome missing fullscreen and adblock. :-(

  • Deeco

    By the time Android Police update their site, Samsung would have released 20 variants of their Galaxy devices.

    • Alberto Blasi

      you mean the AP website will be done by next week? Sweet!

  • rmkilc

    Interesting. A Chrome update changes the nav buttons.

  • Nigel Emmerton

    Am I the only one who hates how chunky the new design is??

    • Alberto Blasi


  • xdapao3

    Still lacking the quick and easy refresh button and quick access to "find in page" which they STUPIDLY took away with the number indicator of the open pages...