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Chrome for Android Might Soon Replace Snackbar

Chrome’s UI has remained more or less the same for quite some time now, but it seems that Google is going to be changing things for Chrome’s Android app. The main change that we can see right now involves replacing the Snackbar (also known as download bar), which is the bar on Android bottom screen that lets you open and close the downloaded window as well as shows you the filename of whatever it is that you have opened at present, with a top banner instead, reports 9to5G.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the banner might be a bit of a UI improvement with all things having been considered and taken into account. It’s wider than the snackbar which is great because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing more information to be displayed. You will start to see the size of the file that you are downloading as well as the domain that it is originating from, all of which can prove to be rather useful under the right kinds of circumstances. There is also swiping functionality which can allow you to swipe in either direction to remove a notification.


One thing that some people might take issue with is that this display banner is on the top of the screen. That’s a bit of an inconvenience due to the reason that for the most part your hands are going to be on the bottom of your phone which means that reaching the top of your screen can be a bit of a hassle. Many users might complain about this useful banner being at the top of the screen.

However, with limited real estate to work with it might have been impractical for Google to place it anywhere else without making significant changes to the overall design. Alternatively, Google might have simply placed the banner at the top because that is where the snackbar was which is strange when you consider that the snackbar was not something that you interacted with all that frequently.

The banner comes with a wide range of other uses as well such as pop up notifications. While most people would have preferred the banner being at the bottom, it is still a step in the right direction that can help modernize Chrome for Android to a pretty large extent if you think about it.

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