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Chrome For Android May End Up With A Home Button In The Future

September 18, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

The home button is a wonderful little thing to have inside of Chrome. It’s just too bad that we really don’t have that option inside of Chrome for Android. In the desktop Chrome browser it sits just to the left of the address bar, and to the right of the forward, back, and refresh buttons. A handy tool that no browser should be without. While Chrome for Android may lack this at the moment, that might not be the case for long as Google appears to be doing a limited soft test for the home button to be implemented into Chrome for Android, and at some point it may end up becoming a permanent feature. At least, we hope.

Google is apparently testing the feature out on a limited number of handsets, with a handful of users reporting that they had started seeing the home page option pop up in the Chrome settings menu, and after they had activated it the home button would then appear at the top of the browser just to the left of the address bar as it does in Chrome for desktop. Why the feature has never been in Chrome for Android so far seems odd, but there must have been a reason for leaving it out. In any case, perhaps Google has decided to test it after seeing increased interest in having it within the Android version? At this point the feature is just a test as none of our devices have the settings option. Thanks to Android Police though there are a couple of screenshots they were able to acquire from users displaying the home page setting and home button after turning it on.

Whether this becomes something we see in the next update for Chrome or not is unknown, but we sure hope that Google decides to make this a permanent feature of Chrome for Android whether it be sooner or later. Feel free to let us know if you have seen this pop up on any of your devices, and look out for more details on this as they come in. Would you use the home button if it were available in Chrome for Android now? Furthermore if you aren’t already a Chrome for Android user would the home button change your mind?