Chrome 78 was a relatively quiet release for Android last month. Today, a server-side browser update introduces a new long press menu that offers previews along with link and image actions.
After long pressing, the old menu simply noted the URL up and listed six to nine options depending on whether you interacted with a link, image, or video. It was simple, but very plain as well.
In comparison, the new long press menu of Chrome is much more visual. To start, the favicon and the name of the page above are accompanied by links. You can tap to expand it if the URL is truncated. The same “open in” actions appear below to copy, download, and share links, but the latter contains your last sharing limit used. This behavior is exactly like the overflow menu of Chrome, allowing for immediate sharing.
Pictures include a small preview, while in a new bottom section of the list, picture specific options such as “Search Google for this image” appear. The resulting menu is slightly larger, but shorter. This is a much easier way to do things that don’t overwhelm users with a deluge of options and text.
Chrome new long press menu is accompanied by a delightful pop up animation that extends the menu from where you tapped on the screen. This update is available in both proper Chrome and all Chrome custom tabs in third-party apps.
This revamp is being rolled out for Android with Chrome 78. It only appeared on one computer as of last night, but this afternoon it is now available on all my devices. That said, the new look still has to be encountered by others on the team. For quite some time now this design has been in testing and can be enabled manually by setting the following flag: