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Google Chrome’s New Android Grid View With Tab Groups Is Now Active

Posted by Osei Agyemang

In September 2019, Google announced that its program was adding a helpful method to sort out open pages. Tab Groups completely turned out on a desktop a year later, and is currently starting to come to Chrome for Android with a new grid layout.

The Chrome for Android grid view, which also adds Tab Groups, is currently broadly accessible. It’s been a little while back since Google released the upgrade. But it has not been formally announced.

For those who haven’t seen the changes, you should simply to revamp by enabling it, closing Chrome from the Recents menu or restarting your phone.

Turning off the Chrome Tab Groups grid has been a problem for most people, especially looking at how the new layout looks like.
Meanwhile, this grid view has been in use for some time now on Chrome for iOS.

For now, you can turn it off by entering the below link in the address bar, tapping the dropdown menu, and selecting “Disabled.” Relaunch your browser afterwards by clicking the blue button that appears at the bottom of your screen. You might also need to close Chrome from the Recents multitasking menu or force stop under App Info.

chrome://flags/#enable-tab-grid-layout

Chrome’s new grid layout is now significantly smaller, but you get to see more of the page without having it obscured by other cards. Like before, the favicon, page name, and close button appear at the top, while you can still swipe left/right to dismiss. A small tweak sees a “New Tab” label in the top-left corner.

On most phones, you will see six tabs at a time before having to scroll. As a result of this layout, Incognito sites no longer appear next to the list of regular tabs. There’s instead a switcher at the top to access that grid view.

This new view allows Google to bring Tab Groups to Android. From the grid, users can drag and drop one page on top of another to form a grouping, as well as reorder open pages. Another creation method is opening the overflow menu and selecting “Group tabs,” while long-pressing any link provides a new “Open in new tab in group” option.

When viewing Tab Groups, a new bottom bar switcher with favicons for each open page appears. The left chevron symbol opens the grid layout for that space while a New Tab button is at the right corner.

For some, the Chrome grid view and Tab Groups started rolling out alongside version 88 last week. It’s not yet widely available, but appearing for more users than before via a server-side update.

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