Chrome 93 could introduce a customizable shortcut in the toolbar
Chrome 92 Beta landed last week and brought a new button between the address bar and the tab picker. For some users, the button was a shortcut to launch a new tab while it was a sharing option for others. However, it looks like Google is just getting started. There is actually more to this shortcut.
Chrome Canary 93 users report that the button is, in fact, customizable. You will be able to choose what the button is for – launch a new tab, open the share menu, or activate the voice search feature. By default, Chrome will automatically choose between these three options based on your usage. Perhaps this is the reason why the button has a different purpose for different users on Chrome 92 Beta. With Chrome 93, Google will likely let users choose what they want the button to do.
If you are using Chrome Canary 93 (93.0.4536.2 or later), you should see these options in the settings under Advanced >> Toolbar Shortcut. If they are not yet available to you, you can activate them by activating the following two flags: chrome: // flags / # adaptive-button-in-top-toolbar and chrome: // flags # adaptive-button-in-top-toolbar-customization.
Chrome for Android is preparing to add a new customizable shortcut to the toolbar
Google is constantly seen tweaking Chrome’s interface with various a / b experiments. While some of these changes are made public, a few others never see the light of day. With Chrome 92 Beta, the company introduced a Google Lens camera shortcut to the Chrome toolbar. Moreover, it also introduced another shortcut button next to it, allowing users to quickly launch a new tab or show the share menu. Now, with Chrome 93, he’s gearing up to make this shortcut customizable so that users can select what they want it to do.
According to Android Police, the functionality is currently “incredibly finicky”. The shortcut button automatically switches the selected option to voice search or sometimes disappears completely. To be fair, that is to be expected in the Canary chain. The feature should be more stable once it hits the beta channel, or maybe the public version.
Hopefully, this isn’t one of those UI experiences that Google suddenly decides to put aside. A shortcut in the toolbar for one of your most used features will be a great addition to Chrome for Android. We will notify you if / when this feature will be publicly deployed.
In the meantime, if you want to test it out on Canary Channel, you can download the latest version of Chrome Canary from the Play Store. Click on the link below. Note that the Canary version is very unstable and some features may not work as expected.