Good news for all Chrome users as Google is testing a chip-based permission feature to reduce the impact of annoying notifications and prompts

Different types of notifications and permission prompt appearing on various websites while you are using Google Chrome browser is nothing new. But seeing that how annoying these prompts and notifications get for the users; Google enabled a toggle in Chrome 80 which could quieten down these notification prompts.

With Chrome 84, Google further made some improvisations by automatically minimizing those annoying messages appearing on the screen, wasting the time of users, and making them agitated in the process too.

Now, Google is working on further upgrading as it is currently testing a feature that will make other requests apart from notifications and permission prompts less interfering and less annoying too.

Every user must have experienced at least once in their lifetime that while they try to visit a site or open an article, a window would pop-up demanding the user’s location or some other information when all it needs is probably something as simple and basic as a zip code.

Since Google itself allowed sites to show these prompts in the beginning, it is rather unlikely that it can undo this change. But it is working to mend and bring a few tweaks to make these prompts appear somewhere else on the interface rather than popping up in a small window and not vanishing until one option is chosen. So, this prompt is going to appear as a ‘chip’ in the address bar.

This ‘#permission-chip’ feature is currently being tested by Google Chrome, and it is accessible at chrome://flags#permission-chip.

This feature works on Chrome for macOS, Chrome OS, Linux, and Windows. This flag is present in Chrome 84.0.4140.1, and the permission chip functionality has been spotted to be working with Chrome 85.0.4159.0 in the Canary channel.

Above are 2 screenshots of new and improved permission prompts in Google Chrome browser. Below current permission requests popup screenshot.

Although Google has been taking steps to make the overall user experience smooth and productive, this particular step was actually necessary. Google must warn the sites that keep sending such unnecessary prompts just because Google had initially allowed them. It is like they are abusing their power and trying deliberately to make the users suffer as much as possible!

So, it is good to see that despite being a little slow, Google is taking some serious measures to reduce this pain and make the user experience as smooth and efficient as is possible.

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