Google has now reportedly officially launched a new price tracker for Chrome on Android. Or, more specifically, the feature is showing up for some users but not for others. With the implication being that the feature is still in testing but is rolling out more widely.
To access the feature, users simply need to open up Chrome, and then the tab overview interface. That’s under the square icon with a number inside, showing how many tabs a user currently has open. Then, a tap on the three-dot overflow menu will reveal a down-sloping arrow icon labeled “Track prices.”
Clicking on that, of course, reveals a toggle to turn the price tracker on or off in Chrome. And a link to the notifications setting page for Chrome.
As might be expected, the price tracker offers a quick way to keep tabs on prices for products. It even has notification access in Chrome’s deeper settings. So, if the price tracker needs to alert users about deals on products they’re interested in, Chrome for Android can send a notification.
This change appears to be arriving as part of the Chrome 90 update for Android.
Here’s how to get the price tracker in Google Chrome if it’s not showing up for you
Now, this update isn’t necessarily pushing price tracker to every user with Chrome for Android. As noted above, the rollout here seems to be more measured than a mainstay feature for the browser. For those that don’t see it yet though, it can be turned on manually.
- To turn on the price tracker for Chrome on Android, if it isn’t showing up, as shown in the images below, open a new tab
- Navigate to the URL “chrome://flags”
- In the search bar, type in “tab grid” and locate the “Tab Grid Layout” option
- In the drop-down menu, typically set to “Default” by default, select “Enable Price alerts” instead
- A button will appear at the bottom of the page, prompting a restart of Chrome. Tap that button. In some cases, a manual force-close and restart of Chrome will be required
- The feature should now be turned on and active
It’s still not clear exactly how this works on Android
As of this writing, it isn’t immediately clear how Google has set up price tracking to work on Android. Typically, on desktop platforms, this is a feature handled by extensions.
The placement of the feature, on the tab overview page, seems to suggest that it will keep track of pricing for products that are on web pages the user has already opened up. Namely, those products that have tabs open for them. That’s as opposed to working just like this feature did in Google Shopping. Google will undoubtedly offer up a bit more insight as the feature becomes more widely available on its world-class browser.