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Google is trialling drastic new look for its ubiquitous web browser, Google Chrome
Google is hard at work on a redesign of its hugely-popular Chrome web browser.
Dubbed Chrome Home, the striking new look brings the web address bar to the bottom of the screen.
Alongside the URL, Google has also included a new arrow symbol in the bottom left hand-side of the display that summons up suggested websites and stories from around the web Google thinks you'd be interested in.
Google has also relocated the main menu, denoted by three dots, to the bottom of the screen.
However, progress bar – which denotes when the webpage has finished loading – remains at the top of the screen.
Chrome Home takes some getting used to.
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Chrome Home brings the main user interface elements to the bottom of the display
But it does make a certain amount of sense to have the menus at the bottom of the display, where your fingertips naturally rest when using a smartphone.
Google has purportedly been working on this redesign under its roof for some time.
But now anyone can test-out the new look before it rolls-out as an update to the Google Chrome app on Android.
You'll need to download Chrome Canary from the Google Play Store – this is an experimental (and at times, unstable) version of the browser that gets features much faster than the standard Chrome app.
Next, you'll need to manually enable features related to Chrome Home by enabling the relevant flags in Chrome Canary.
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Open the browser and type the following into the URL navigation bar – chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-home
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Chrome Home can enabled in the Chrome Canary app on Android
Hit enter, and then toggle the menu option for Chrome Home, and Chrome Home Expand Button to Enabled.
The app will prompt you to relaunch – and then you're done.
If you want to send the address to the top of the display again, simply repeat the steps but toggle the above options to Disabled.
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The news comes as Google published a research blog this month that details the company's plans to automatically update Maps with information gathered from its Street View system.
Street names, house numbers and businesses clearly visible in the imagery gathered by Street View will now be incorporated into Google Maps, the research blog has revealed.
The new method of information gathering comes courtesy of Google's Ground Truth team.
The team writes: "While Street View cars collect millions of images daily, it is impossible to manually analyse more than 80 billion high resolution images collected to date in order to find new, or updated, information for Google Maps.
"One of the goals of the Google’s Ground Truth team is to enable the automatic extraction of information from our geo-located imagery to improve Google Maps."