“Recently Closed” On New Tab Modified, Google Talk App Now Works on PC Too !

I love to watch the design changes on Google Chrome, and end up posting about even minor changes I notice. Hope you guy don’t mind !

The new tab page redesign has been in the spotlight for a while because it looked like Google is making Chrome ready for touch interfaces. Thew new design is still a work in progress and has only apps showing up as of now. My most visited website thumbnails are all gone, ( that’s fine Google, I can adjust ! ) so were recently closed tabs.

update : adding screenshot of Chrome OS version of this.

But today, canary build and chromium builds have got  “Recently closed tabs” back in a new form. You need to click on a little icon on the bottom right corner of the tab to get a neat menu of those tabs.  I will keep watching the changes and report back for all of you 🙂

Chrome OS Only Talk App Now Works in Chrome – So Kind of You Google !

Panels on Chrome OS is one of the things Google was highlighting from the time they announced Chrome OS. It adds a nice bit of functionality to Chrome OS. Google Talk app with this panels UI got  a lot of praise from the geek community.

There was news that Panels UI is coming to Chrome as well for everyone on windows mac and linux operating systems to make use of this. I do not see any of that in Chrome as of now, but from few days, the Google Talk App seems to be working on Windows too, without the Panels UI. It gives you a window on Chrome OS, with looks and feel of Google Talk program. It will first tell you that this is not designed for PCs , but will let you continue if you want to.

Will we get Panels on PC too, soon enough ?

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • James 09/04/2011, 3:01 pm

    I’ve got to say that I really don’t use the most visited websites on the new tab page. I always want to know how to get back to a page I may want to view in the future, leading to me using bookmarks. I find the most visited websites far too risky as a way to store my usage. Also, the websites on there seem slow to react to browsing habits.

    • Daniel 09/04/2011, 4:47 pm

      I agree, I don’t really use the “Most Visited” section at all, perhaps there should be an option to disable it.
      I use Recently Closed though, great for whenever I close the wrong tab etc!

      • Guest 09/04/2011, 4:50 pm

        You can hide the “Most Visited” section by clicking on the little X that appears when you move your mouse over the right side of the line

      • James 09/04/2011, 7:07 pm

        I use recently closed as well. I’m now using Speddial 2 (http://goo.gl/qWMdH) as my new tab page, which does not have a Most Visited section. It’s worth a try, but it’s not quite finished yet. However, you do seem to get an update every day!

  • Guest 09/04/2011, 4:49 pm

    I just noticed that the icon for a page without icon has changed from the paper to the globe from de omnibox.

  • Kevin 09/04/2011, 5:06 pm

    Did you ever notice that when you mouse-over a secondary tab your mouse acts like a light source? I think its new to the beta version.

    • Daniel 09/04/2011, 5:46 pm

      Haha! I noticed that (V10 Dev?). It amused me for hours :’)

    • Guest 09/04/2011, 6:16 pm

      I noticed that too, but it is in Chrome for a pretty long time. It doesn’t work with every theme.

      • chrome OS story 09/04/2011, 6:51 pm

        hey, tell me how to see it ? I am using default theme ..

    • kurtextrem 09/04/2011, 11:06 pm

      Can you make a screenshot?

      • Daniel 10/04/2011, 12:27 am

        Yeah, there’s a screenshot here (default theme). I also took the chance to show this in a Incognito Window, the effect is on the third tab.

        • Daniel 10/04/2011, 12:27 am

          Haha! I guess comments don’t support the “img” tag, if the admin could add this link to the end of that comment please 😉

          • chrome OS story 10/04/2011, 12:31 am

            thanks ! I see it now 😀 😀 😀

          • Daniel 10/04/2011, 12:51 am

            Can’t believe you never noticed it before =P … I did another screenshot earlier (for a friend) showing some of Chrome’s new features. Relates to this post

          • James 10/04/2011, 11:51 am

            Does that second screenshot show logging in using a Google account?

          • Daniel 10/04/2011, 12:44 pm

            My screenshot? Which one? Neither of them have a login screen yet (In Google Chrome). I was also logged out of Sync at that time (Too many issues with it!)

          • James 11/04/2011, 3:27 pm

            In the bottom right corner it says “example at gmail.com”. Presumably this is going to be replaced with the user’s email address. Or is this sync?

  • chrome OS story 10/04/2011, 12:56 am

    hi hi 😀

    hmm, does this qualify as an individual post ?

    • Daniel 10/04/2011, 12:57 am

      Does what eh wha? Oooh o.0
      Confused! 🙁

    • apruler2012 10/04/2011, 8:42 am

      haha well u can, but i noticed it 4ever ago too ^_^
      @daniel he is saying should he make a post on the blog about this 😉

      • Daniel 10/04/2011, 12:45 pm

        I think I noticed it last month to be fair, not too long ago =P

  • tehk 11/04/2011, 12:51 am

    Google Talk app is actually the first “TRUELY BACKGROUND APP” in chrome in my opinion, extensions don’t count.

    • chrome OS story 11/04/2011, 3:16 pm

      I have to play with it a little more to find out how good it is 🙂