Friday , February 23 2018

Move Google Chrome’s address bar to the bottom, great for those large phones

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One of the biggest complaints about the biggest phones is that it can be very hard to use them single handedly. Many apps, including Google Chrome, place vital interactive elements at the top of the screen and this can mean using a larger phone with one hand isn’t as easy as it should be. In Chrome, for example, you can’t easily access the address bar, switch tabs, or access the menu … and that’s something that Google might be looking to change (at least, as an option).

Called simply ‘Chrome Home’, the new flag which appears in Chrome Dev and Chrome Canary, moves the address bar, tab icons and menu icon to the bottom of the page instead of top. This little tweak can make the browsing experience on a larger phone — like the Pixel XL or Samsung’s S7 Edge or Note 5 — a lot more enjoyable. Here’s how it looks when activated:

This feature is clearly just in testing — as evidenced by its limited inclusion in just Chrome Dev and Canary — and you can see that it isn’t quite finished; where the address bar would otherwise be there is just blank space, which eventually moves when you scroll around on a page. Why it’s called Chrome Home is equally puzzling, because the name doesn’t fit the actual results, but… let’s face it… it doesn’t really matter.

You can enable this in Chrome Dev and Canary by pasting chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-home into Chrome, tapping the highlighted select menu, tapping Enabled, and restarting the browser.

Chrome Dev
Chrome Dev
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

 

Chrome Canary (Unstable)
Chrome Canary (Unstable)
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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2 Comments on "Move Google Chrome’s address bar to the bottom, great for those large phones"

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About time! I’ve been saying this, and the google search bar (or now the pill) on the home screen should be down the bottom, not aligned to top.
Good step in the right direction.

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Sammy

Something that windows phone internet browser has since win phone 8.0

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