Google Chrome Is Working On A 'Journeys' Feature, Along With A Sidebar To View A Page And Search Results Simultaneously

Google Chrome is currently experimenting with two new features: the addition of a new Journeys feature, as well as a side search panel.

Both of these new experimental features are meant to be tweaks to the quality of life that the Chrome browser offers up. Chrome's one of the biggest browsers on the market, owing a 67% share of it as stated by a 2021 StatCounter report. Much of one's work at this point of success become changes to the features, and revamps to the interface that are meant to simply micromanage and improve upon features both large and small. The Chrome browser recently hit us with Tab Groups, it gave us the ability to link to specifically highlighted parts of a page. And now we move on to newer features.

The point of both new features, Google prefaces with a statement, is that they help facilitate the fact that online searching is rarely ever a linear path for most users. Journeys rather directly feeds into this statement, so let's address it. This new feature's purpose will be to group together all of the links and webpages one goes through when researching a particular topic.

Journeys is distinct from history, having it's own dedicated page on the browser, and features links segregated by the relevant topics they were being pursued for. It also becomes easier to find specific links, as opposed to rummaging through one's history on the faintest idea of what time it was back then. Currently, Journeys is even available for testing on the Chrome Canary browser, where the early access build can be used.

The other feature's purpose is to allow for easy switching between links. Essentially, if a user makes a Google Search, for example, and stumbles upon a link that might be relevant, there's no need to click on it and lose previous Search results, or to even open up a new tab. Users can now easily open up that very link in a side bar, that allows them to simultaneously view both Search results while going through the link at the same time. The side bar that appears is in appearance rather similar to the mobile version of Google Chrome, even appearing in a narrower, rectangular aspect ratio.

While screen recoding of the side bar feature is available, Google states that the feature is still being tested out by developers, and it might take a while before users can get their hands on it. Chrome Canary frequenters might want to keep a lookout for the side bar, because it'll make it's first public appearance there.

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