Google posted an article on The Keyword titled: “Productivity just got better in Chrome on Android tablets”. It was written by Lola Adams, Product Manager, Chrome.
Tablets let you browse the web at home or on the go, whether you’re shopping for a new TV or finishing up some work. With the next release of Chrome on Android, we make it easier to navigate between tabs and get work done faster on your tablets.
Here’s a closer look at the latest Chrome updates available now on all Android tablets, and on the new Pixel Tablet, when it launches next year:
Find the Tap You’re Looking For
Google added a new side-by-side design that makes finding the right tab easier in Chrome. If you’re switching back and forth between two tabs, the auto-scroll back feature can help you swipe back to your previous tab. And to prevent you from accidentally closing tabs in the first place, we’ll hide the close button when tabs become too small. If you close a tab you didn’t intend to, one-step restore can get you right back to where you were.
View Your Tabs Through The Visual Tab Grid
This feature is perfect for people who have a lot of open tabs. Instead of searching through all your tabs in one single horizontal stream, tabs are shown in a grid, with a preview that helps you navigate with fewer taps. Google says visual tabs also help if you have a foldable device, because the smaller, folded screen on the outside matches the bigger screen on the inside of your tablet.
Drag and Drop Out Of Chrome
You can now easily drag images, text, and links that spark your interest from Chrome and drop them into another app like Gmail, Photos, or Keep.
Easily Browse in Desktop Mode
If a website isn’t working the way it should on your tablet or you just prefer the desktop experience, you can set Chrome to always request and display the desktop version of the site. This may give you capabilities that are currently only found on the desktop version, like certain menus and buttons.
Use Tab Groups on Your Tablet
Tabs groups are coming to Chrome and Android tablets. You’ll be able to stay organized by grouping related tabs together so you can better focus on one task without seeing clutter from other open tabs.
Gizmodo reported that the Chrome for Android tablets update is rolling out now through the Google Play Store. According to Gizmodo, it will take a few days, but is easy to tell if it reached you – check the app in Play Store on your tablet device, tap About this app, and then scroll down to see the date when it was updated.
TechCrunch reported: After ignoring the app experience on Android tablets for years, Google appears increasingly focused on turning things around… At the developer conference Google IO in May, it promised to fine-tune over 20 of its own apps for the tablet experience. Now, the search giant is beginning to deliver on that pledge, starting with the browser Chrome.
Obviously, the updates to Chrome for Android are only available for those who are using Android 13 (Go edition), which was released five years ago. Hopefully, people will find that the update provides them with features that they like.