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Chrome is testing 'Query tiles' to help you start a quick search from any tab

Chrome's team is always experimenting with new ways to surface content for your or speed up your search when you open a new tab page. Over the years, we've seen bookmarks, downloads, Discover content, games, top sites, and more, show up on this previously empty page, and now we've spotted another experiment called "query tiles."

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Chrome flag shows search term chips in the tab overview

A while back, Chrome got a completely rethought tab switcher that's already standard for many using the stable version of the browser. A flag allows you to further improve that overview by adding a small search chip to tabs, helping you quickly find what term you were searching for without having to navigate back to Google.

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New Chrome Duet only has three bottom buttons, makes you choose between tab switcher and share

Google has been working on a bottom bar interface for Chrome for what feels like forever and keeps changing the layout. Initially, the browser had its complete app bar moved to the bottom, while recent implementation left the bare address bar up top and put all buttons (new tab/tab switcher, home, share, overflow menu) in the new location. The latest iteration of the design, accessible on Chrome Beta and Dev, reduces the number of shortcuts on the bottom from five to three, and people aren't happy about it.

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Chrome testing busy grid tab switcher with Incognito toggle, search bar, and site shortcuts

Chrome is in a perpetual interface test. Every few weeks, we discover a new flag that turns things around like putting the URL bar at the bottom or eschewing the large tab cards for a smaller grid tab switcher. Google seems ready to settle on the latter as the latest Chrome Dev and Canary use this as the default layout but with a busier look that mashes elements from the new tab page into the tab switcher, with lots of icons, bars, and toggles.

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[Update: New combined Single Surface UI] Chrome tab switcher gets 'Explore' tab in new UI experiment

Google's recommended articles already exist in the Google app, the far left page of most app launchers, the New Tab page in Chrome for Android, and on the mobile google.com homepage. In case you need yet another place to find your favorite clickbait articles or mildly-relevant news, you might soon see them in Chrome for Android's tab switcher.

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[Update: Now in Stable] Chrome Canary now has a (buggy) dark mode

Google is still in the process of adding a dark mode to all of its applications, in preparation for Android Q's system-wide dark mode toggle. Chrome is one of the few remaining holdouts, but not for much longer. A dark mode toggle has been added to the experimental Canary branch of Chrome, though it's a bit buggy right now.

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Chrome gets swipe gestures to navigate back or forward

Another day, another Chrome flag. The browser is starting to let users swipe to go back to the previous page they had open, or come forward again. Even though we knew this behavior would be coming, we'd never seen it live before. A dip into the browsers' flags revealed one that triggers it.

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Chrome OS Dev adds support for backing up and restoring Linux containers

The recent addition of Linux app support to Chromebooks has made the laptops much more useful, especially in the eyes of developers. However, if you needed to wipe or upgrade your Chromebook, there wasn't an easy way to keep your Linux data. Previous code commits hinted at the ability to back up and restore the Linux container, and now that functionality has arrived in the Dev Channel.

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Chrome "Sneak peek" loads a linked page in an overlay without leaving the current page

When I'm reading an article or checking a page and notice a link that seems interesting, my default behavior is to tap and hold to open it in a new tab. I'm likely not yet done with the page I'm still on, and I don't know if the upcoming content will be worth leaving it for, so the separate tab solves that issue. A new behavior in Chrome might be more interesting though, as the browser is testing a "Sneak peek" feature that lets you load a link in an overlay without leaving the current tab.

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Google testing new home button designs for Chrome on Android

Chrome for Android has had a home button since its inception, but only on certain devices. Google started experimenting with allowing all devices to have a home button in April, but the feature is still opt-in. Now it appears Google is experimenting with the button's design.

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