Google reconsiders its decision to remove full-length URLs in Chrome

Google reconsiders its decision to remove full-length URLs in Chrome


In an apparent attempt to keep its users happy, Google has now decided not to remove full URLs in Chrome. This is based on a recent report by Android Police, after a change in Chromium bug tracking was detected.

The change details the decision to end the experiment. Namely, highlight the fact that simplifying URLs has not significantly improved user security.

Why did Google want to remove full Chrome URLs and what did it do?

Now Google was change initially the way Chrome displays URLs by effectively removing everything except the domain name from view. So for a site like Android titles, only ‘androidheadlines.com’ would have been displayed.

According to the company, this should have made it easier for users to avoid scams. Especially since it would be easier to spot red flags in the field, such as misspellings. For example, the user could more easily see that a fraudulent website displayed “androideadlines.com” instead of “androidheadlines.com”.

This change has gone through several iterations since its introduction. The newer was arguably the most useful, as one click to highlight URL showed the entire URL instead of just the domain. But user reviews weren’t entirely positive either, despite Google leaving an option to display the full URL. Specifically, by right clicking on the Omnibox URL and by clicking or pressing “Always show full URLs”.

However, as Google decided to delete the experience altogether, the full URLs reverted to Chrome. The company has left at least one change in place, however. The URL still does not display the “HTTPS: //” segment of the domain name. Probably because Google switched to push the most secure protocol by default now.

You should already see this change in place

As for when this change will be enacted, it appears to have already started its server-side deployment for the latest version. by Chrome. So, users shouldn’t have to worry about changing hidden flag settings or adjusting other Chrome options.

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