Google App Saved Pages Feature Reaches More Android Users

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A new feature in the Google app, which allows users to quickly access saved Chrome Custom Tabs now appears to be rolling out more widely to Android device owners, following sightings of the feature being tested late in September. For those who haven't been following this, the new feature works similarly to the bookmarks found in a desktop browser but has been redesigned from scratch for use directly through the Google App and the Chrome browser on mobile devices. It also ties directly into any saved or starred items a user may have from other Google services, such as Google Maps, which effectively gives Android users a one-stop location for all of their favorite things.

As to how the new feature works, all of the saved items are stored under the "saved" button, located in the three-dash hamburger menu in the top left of the Google app. Saved items from other Google services are automatically categorized into groups, while users can customize the organization of their Chrome Custom Tabs saves in lists. Lists can also be reorganized as needed by users simply by visiting the saved section and then navigating to the page a user wants to move. Clicking a drop-down arrow provides users with the option to switch up what list the page is stored in, remove the page, or add notations. Saving pages accessed from the Google app is relatively straightforward, too. After opening a Chrome Custom Tab from the Google app, a familiar looking bookmark icon appears at the top of the page. Clicking that icon allows the user to either select a list to save the page to, or to create an entirely new list. If somebody wants to avoid going all the way back to the Google app just to remove a page they accidentally saved, they only need to click the icon again.

Meanwhile, there is only one caveat to the new feature. In order to keep the Chrome Custom Tabs interface clean, Google removed the share button from the quick access bar on pages accessed through the Google app. That means users will have to make an extra tap on the three-dot menu at the top right-hand side of the screen if they want to share a page they used the Google app to navigate to.

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