Google Chrome for Android is finally getting a new grid layout and grouping tab feature

Google Chrome was first launched in 2012 for Android, and since then, the internet browsing experience has remained almost the same. Now, the company is bringing significant changes to make browsing much powerful on mobile devices.

The theme of Chrome has been changed several times over the years, and the last change, Google Material Theme, was introduced in September 2018. The navigation remained the same throughout with an address field at the top, a tab button and overflow menu.

The tab switcher is still like the old multitasking menu of Android where the cards are arranged vertically, overlapping each other.

In a new layout, the tabs are arranged in a grid format, shown in rectangular cards. There is a button at the top right corner of the tab to close or swipe the card.

Instead of displaying incognito pages along with the regular tabs, there is another grid view which can be switched to from the top.

Though the thumbnails are smaller, as six tabs fit on the screen in two rows, the overall preview has improved.

Chrome is also introducing a grouping feature that will let users put their tabs of related sites in a group. To create a group, open grid layout, and drag tab onto another and a group will be formed. It will help in organizing sites related to work separately from traveling.

A bottom bar switcher is at the bottom of the tab group where a favicon identifies every page. When the left chevron is tapped, a mini-grid layout is opened whereas a New Tab button is at the top right corner.

At the beginning of this month, Chrome 77 was launched and with it, “Send a tab” was made available to more users. Through this, Google officially introduced device-to-device functionality.

Chrome’s Omnibox will answer queries related to weather, sports and translations, directly.

In the coming few weeks, the tab grid layout and the tab group feature of Chrome will be rolled out to all Android users.

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