Over the previous two years, on Chrome for Android, Google has tried a number of UI redesigns, some of which have worked decently, others have complaints attracted. The recent Android Chrome redesign, called “Start Surface,” replaces the somewhat complex “Duet” design and provides a “Explore” tab devoted to it.
Google’s last redesign of Chrome for Android, Duet (formerly Duplex), boldly tried to shift much of the browser’s user interface from the top of the screen downwards. Duet’s views were strongly divided, however, even among9to5Google employees. Google has started working on a strong alternative design to Duet, called Start Surface, as it is known to create features in an A / B format.
This fresh design is accessible for Android testing in both Chrome Dev and Chrome Canary, behind a fresh chrome:/flag flag. You’ll also need to make sure that the Chrome Duet flag (# enable-chrome-duet) is disabled in addition to just allowing the Start Surface flag.
You may not notice any modifications instantly after you have your flags flipped and your browser restarted. However, tap open the tab switch and you’ll see a brand new Android design for Chrome with “Home” and “Explore” tabs at the bottom of the screen.
Switching to the Chrome Canary Explore tab presently displays a full-screen version of the same “Articles for you” usually discovered on the New Tab page of Chrome for Android. The Explore tab in Chrome Dev is currently non-functional.
Google calls this Start Surface’s “two panes” version, as it displays the two tabs, Home and Explore, at the bottom, but the Android Chrome team is also about to test a “single panel” version in the near future. We’re not sure how this will look, but it feels like it’s going to have a lot in common with the present New Tab Page, as there are references to “most visited” tiles and the Google search box.