Chrome’s Android app is updated with a new user interface for switching tabs and a new tab grouping feature that helps organize open web pages. 9to5Google Reports. The new UI and functionality reportedly showed up for some users after version 88 of Chrome was released last month, but it doesn’t seem to be available to all users just yet.
The grid layout replaces the previous interface, which was a vertical list of tabs, and is similar to Chrome’s existing iOS tab interface. The screen displays about six tabs at a time, which you can swipe left or right to close. Incognito tabs can be accessed from a small icon at the top of the screen.
Tab groups are similar to a feature that was available to The desktop version of Chrome since last yearand provide a more convenient way to organize your tabs. Grouping tabs also gives you a new shortcut that allows you to switch between tabs in the same group via a menu that appears at the bottom of the app. On Android, you can organize tabs into groups from the grid layout screen by dragging them together. There are also options for forming tab groups in the overflow menu, as well as the context menu that opens when you long press to open a new tab.
Although 9to5Google notes that the features were introduced last week and don’t seem to be available to every Chrome user yet. However, you can enable them manually through Chrome’s experimental flags. We found that we can view them by navigating to chrome: // flags in the address bar and then finding and checking the tab grid layout, tab groups, continuation of tab groups and tab groups, and enabling options for user interface improvements. We had to restart Chrome twice for the new user interface to appear.