Chrome Beta for Android and desktop gets advanced share and restore capabilities

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As noted above, some of the new features are going to be explicitly for either mobile or desktop Chrome. One of the biggest, tried out in desktop Chrome last year as a Chrome Extension and later iterated on in 2021, is the new ‘#webnotes-stylize’ flag. That’s now available on Android phones and tablets as well. As with the previous iteration, the feature allows users to share quote cards in Chrome highlighting snippets from articles or pages they’re reading online. The images containing the article text can be shared themselves. Alongside the page they originate from. And all straight from the sharing menu. All users need to do is highlight the text in question with a long-press, tap “Share” and choose a template from the “Create card” option in the resulting menu.

Google’s The Keyword blog has highlighted a number of upcoming Chrome features that users should test out now while they’re still in beta. That’s done through Chrome Beta, which is different from the regular version of Chrome. New features are coming to the platform for desktop and mobile, either as flag settings or as trials. The business aims to get important input on each of the new features before making them available to the general public.

Highlights

  • For this feature, Google is working to add a persistent row below the address bar. That row highlights search results when a search is performed and a link from within the results is clicked. That way, if users need to navigate to another page result from the search, they won’t need to tap the back button to go to the search results page. They can simply choose a different option from the one they initially selected, from the row below the URL Omnibox.

  • That feature is tucked behind a “#webnotes-stylize” flag at the “chrome://flags” URL. Of course, as with every other experiment here, the Chrome Beta app will be needed as well. Another big change incoming for Android on Chrome Beta is presently dubbed ‘continuous search’ and can also be found in experimental features. Specifically, tucked behind the “#continuous-search” flag at “chrome://flags” in Chrome Beta. But that, as shown in the title image here, may not work how its branding might imply.

The first, as its flag title implies, allows easier access to recent documents accessed via Google Drive. And that includes relevant documents also edited by collaborators. It accomplishes that by adding new cards on the “New Tab” page that direct users to those Drive files.

Now, there’s no word on exactly when — or if — those features will be official outside of flags in Chrome Beta, in or outside of Android. But those who want to try out new features on their computers aren’t being left out either. Desktop Chrome is getting no fewer than three new flag settings that will make it easier to find recently opened Google Drive files, recipes, and shopping carts. Those are tucked behind the flags “#ntp-drive-module,” “#ntp-chrome-cart-module,” and “#ntp-recipe-tasks-module,” respectively. And what each of these flags does is fairly straightforward.

Similarly, the “#ntp-chrome-cart-module” adds an easy way to re-access shopping carts from sites. Specifically, those that have been navigated away from while items were still in-cart. And “#ntp-recipe-tasks-module” does the same for recently-visited recipes. And for recipes directly related to thsoe recipes. Helping users rediscover or re-find those that they’ve recently accessed.

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