This week, Google announced plans to release major updates to Chrome more often, from six weeks to four weeks. To continue with this news, the search giant announced that it is making experimental features easier to test as they are under development.
According to Alex Ainsley (via 9to5Google), head of design at Google Chrome, Canary users (and soon Dev and Beta) can access a new beaker icon in the toolbar, making it easy to access Chrome Experiments. Google hopes that by making it easier to find these experiments, users will share more feedback.
👩🔬 We hope to get more feedback on @googlechrome updates as they are under development. If you̵7;re using Canary today (and soon Dev and Beta), you’ll notice a small cup on the toolbar that makes it easy to try new things and share suggestions on how it should evolve. pic.twitter.com/doPLzJbnRW
– Alex Ainsley (@alexainslie) March 5, 2021
A GIF shared by Ainslie shows features such as a reading list, scrolling tabs, and searching tabs are part of Chrome’s experiments. All features are quite explicable: the reading list allows users to quickly save articles to read later; tab scrolling allows users to scroll through the tab; and tabbed search allows users to search their open tabs.
Each experimental feature comes with a “Send Feedback” button that users can click to share their thoughts on the new features. Several of these features that we’ve already seen at various stages of development, the read feature is now part of Chrome 89, which is available on desktops and mobile devices. Google still seems to want to keep asking for feedback on the feature to make it a more prominent part of Chrome.
Chrome usually hides experimental features behind flags that aren’t easy to access if you’re not familiar with how they work. And when they are activated, it is not easy to see what you have turned on and off. This new experiment panel simplifies practical work and allows Google to focus on tapping features that it thinks users might like.
If you’re brave enough to live on the Canary Channel, you can check out Chrome’s new experiment list. Otherwise, these features will more than likely pave the way for a stable version, with the reading list already available, as we said.