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Google may implement horizontal app switcher design within the Chrome Android app

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Google’s latest version of its mobile OS, Android P is all set to bring a new, horizontal app switcher design, which is now set to appear in the Chrome Android app too.

Google’s upcoming version of its mobile operating system, Android P, is just around the corner. The developer preview programme is bringing new features to the unstable builds, and one of the multiple new factors about Android in its new avatar is the horizontal app switcher window. It is somewhat similar to how you get the app switcher in iOS, sans the overlap of app windows within the switcher. Now, the latest build shows an animation change within the Google Chrome browser on Android, which appears to include a similar tab switcher animation.

Typically, the tab switcher option within Google Chrome opened all open tabs vertically, with pages overlapping one another. With the new layout, all open tabs open horizontally, and swiping up or down closes each tab. Additionally, you can now actually see the open webpage on each tab in full, which may help usage. Incognito mode is also streamlined here – a button to the top hosts the ‘incognito mode’, and tapping on it will take you straight to all tabs that were already open when you last accessed it. Tapping on the same button again will bring you back to the normal screen. The update has been included in Chrome Canary, an unstable build of Chrome browser’s Android app with a bunch of features that Google is testing for Android P release at the moment.

The horizontal tab switcher design is expected to be implemented with Android P – no surprises there. It may also go well with the new gesture-based controls that Google is expected to roll out with the new version of Android. Anyone wishing to grab a preview of it can simply access it by downloading the Chrome Canary app from the Play Store, type chrome://flags in the search box, and from the list that opens, tick the #enable-horizontal-tab-switcher to access the new animation mode and see how it works out.