Chrome Canary Gets Horizontal Tab Switching, More UI Changes

Chrome Canary has just received yet another rather interesting change in its functionality, Google has updated the app with horizontal tab layout. In addition to that, the company has also removed duplicate options in ‘Chrome Duplex’ UI which is available within the Chrome Canary application. This may sound a bit confusing if you’re not using Chrome Canary and testing its features, but let’s take it one step at a time.

The first thing that we’ll talk about is ‘Chrome Duplex’, that is a feature available in Chrome Canary app which replaces ‘Chrome Home’ which was available a while back. If you head to ‘chrome://flags’ menu within Chrome Canary, you will get access to some developer options, and will be able to enable ‘Chrome Duplex’ option. If you do that, and restart Chrome Canary, you will get a bottom toolbar within that browser. The bottom toolbar contains home, search, tabs, and other options icons. We’ve already talked about this recently, but Google went ahead and cleaned up the design since. The company has removed home, tabs and more options icons from the top toolbar in Chrome Canary, and the only thing that remains at the top is the address bar. Now the UI looks far better, and pretty much everything is at the tip of your finger, as you don’t need to do hand acrobatics in order to reach some of the options in the top toolbar. Some people will not like this, but it’s hard to argue that it’s more convenient, as in you can use it with one hand without a problem, which will be a plus for some users as smartphones are rather tall these days.

Having said that, that’s not the only change that Google pushed out to Chrome Canary, horizontal tab layout is now also in effect, which is not surprising considering that the company will switch to horizontal multitasking as well in Android P. If you check out the provided image or a short video that we’ve included down below, you will be able to see the changes. Instead of scrolling vertically between tabs that you have opened in Chrome Canary, you can now do that horizontally. Due to that change, you will be required to swipe vertically in order to close tabs, in comparison to horizontal swipes that were required before. None of these changes arrived to regular Chrome app just yet, and truth be said, we’re not sure if they ever will. Chrome Canary is not a stable app, it’s a way for Google to test new Chrome features that it may implement to the stable version at some point, so keep that in mind. It is also worth noting that we’ve spotted these changes in Chrome Canary version 69.0.3475.0.

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