With the growing number of phablets in the smartphone market, the most popular web browser, Google Chrome, could be planning an early Christmas present for you.
A few years ago, it was hard to come by a 5.5-inch smartphone, however, this is actually the norm today, with a 5-inch device now into the “compact” screen zone. With this shift in size, it sometimes becomes an issue when accessing and doing basic navigations on actions that appear in the top third of the screen using one hand. Google Chrome for Android is one of the many apps that has its actions appearing in the uppermost part of the screen, but this could be headed for a change very soon.
The web browser is apparently working on a new user interface that Android Police believes could at some point be added to a Google Chrome update, but when this will actually happen is still a mystery. With the new interface, users of this browser on huge devices will be able to access the address bar right at the bottom of the screen where reaching them could never be easier. You can pull the address bar and see New Tab page with the likes of Recent sites and bookmarks as well as suggested sites, similar to the current New Tab page.
So far, there are four shortcuts that appear at the bottom of the screen – Home, Downloads, Bookmarks, and History. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the full version will have only these four shortcuts, especially since it would make perfect sense if a “Recents” shortcut was also included.
Apparently, the same publication notes that this is not the first time that this feature has appeared on a beta version of Google Chrome. The first time was back in October 2016 and now that it has re-appeared and the fact that Google has been reworking many Android apps’ interfaces lately, it won’t be long before Google Chrome also gets this new bottom tab UI in the stable version.
As noted earlier, we have so many large screen phones in the market right now and in fact, much larger ones are coming in, talk of the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, among others. With this change, it would be a huge welcome for many out there who use these phablets.