Beta tests being carried out for the new in-app web browser in the Google app

Google app is beta testing a new in-app web browser, and it is already launched for a limited number of users.

In August 2019, the 9to5Google found out that some work was going on in the Google app browser, and it seemed that Google was trying to replace the current custom tab of Chrome browser which opens Discover Articles and Search results with this new in-app web browser.

When Android applications open a web page, they often use this Chrome Custom Tab to display the page in a particular manner following a set theme, as it is provided by the browser of that phone.

However, in November 2019, 9to5google confirmed their earlier prediction and found out that Google app is really trying to change this browsing style and this month, the fully beta updated version 11.6.6 of the Google app has been launched, and the browser is completely functional.

However, this new in-app browser is still available for a limited number of users.

The way it works is simple, and not very different from the Chrome Custom Tab. The main differences are that when you click on a link in the Google app, like search results or cards, you will be taken to a new page with a “G” logo on the loading bar. The logo is meant for Google, while just underneath this logo, an animated four-color bar is also visible.

This is a trimmed-down web browser, without any address bar or buttons for backward and forward moves. (This can be achieved by the phone’s built-in forward/backward options.)

The top bar offers some simple control options like close the browser, add the current page to your Google collections or share this page.

There is an overflow menu, which offers the options to refresh the page or open it in a full browser tab.

Apart from these differences, as said before, it is otherwise more or less similar to the Chrome Custom tab in experience.

There is a slight drawback in this new browser. When users chooses to open a page in their main browser, the page loses the scroll position and any changes that the user had made. The page starts as new and that is the drawback which can frustrate the users and waste their time too.

However, there are two ways to counter this issue. Either you can go on the overflow menu and click the link to settings. From there, you can disable the “Open web pages in Google app” option to restore your stuff in the page that you were working on before, or you can clear the browser’s history.

In March 2020, Google had announced the new schedule of the release of Chrome and Chrome OS Browsers. And Chrome 81 was scheduled to be released in the first week of April.

By the looks of it, this new Google Search browser is apparently an embedded version of Chrome, and this is perhaps the Chrome 81 that was under beta testing and in talks for a while.

Hat Tip: 9to5google.

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