I Don’t Like This. Do You? #chrome

I usually welcome UI changes by Chrome or any software. But this one, I have tough time adjusting to. Now, before I show you what it is, let me tell you that this is from the developer version of Chrome and things MAY change and this is NOT final.

So, here is what I got instead of my regular new tab page today. Click the image for full view.

So, Google is your new addressbar or the omnibar. It has been moved from the top and placed in the middle. Now, its just a small change when you say that. But when you start using it, it will for sure need some time to get used to. Imagine your car’s steering wheel moved to the other side one morning?

The small line of icons on the bottom, that’s my bookmarks bar. I keep a (mostly) favicon only bookmarks bar to include maximum links. Moved from top to bottom.

I am still staring out the new UI and trying to get used to it. Take a look and let me know what you guys think!!

note: Again, this UI is NOT final. Things may change after some usability testing and feedback.

In Category: Google Chrome


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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  • Scot 31/10/2012, 6:50 pm

    So, what happens to the omnibar when you go to a page? Does it go back to the top?

    • Dinu 31/10/2012, 7:16 pm

      Yes. Its on the top.
      When I start typing in that google box on new tab page, it goes up and behaves like the old omnibar.. at least for now..

  • strong_wind 31/10/2012, 6:51 pm

    No, I don’t! *Ugh*

  • kathi 31/10/2012, 7:37 pm

    I find it hard to read things at the bottom of the screen. The clock on my chromebook drives me crazy. I found a website that puts the time up in the tab so I load that first and leave it up while I’m browsing. I’ve noticed the regular Google search page moves the search bar to the top once you start typing in it. It’s terribly jolting.

  • john johnson 31/10/2012, 11:55 pm

    I kind of like the idea. Gives a more ‘googly’ look and feel. But where do installed web-apps go?

  • Greg 01/11/2012, 2:10 am

    This is awful, what if you don’t use Google but something else?

    • Dinu 01/11/2012, 9:37 am

      Your default search engine will show up there.. right click on the search bar, and you will get an option to change/edit search engines. For now, anything other than Google is giving me a red square instead of the logo .. thats of course because this thing is still a “work in progress”

  • Invisibleelvis 01/11/2012, 3:25 am

    How do I get this? I love the look of it.

    • Dinu 01/11/2012, 9:36 am

      I am getting this on Dev build… 🙂

      • Invisibleelvis 03/11/2012, 11:20 am

        So am I. 🙁

        • PAEz 03/11/2012, 8:28 pm

          Im on Dev build and Im not getting this?….but then I dont see that as a bad thing 😉
          But I would like to see it just so I can find out…where are the apps? and does it use the NTP pic from themes? and is it really as bad as it looks.
          All in all I think this is a terrible idea, seriously bad….it offers nothing usefull to the ntp and just seems a way to splatter Google on your ntp.
          Ive always hated inconsistent ui’s and elements moving from one spot to another is never good.
          Think Ill just stick with Awesome New Tab Page.

          • Dinu 03/11/2012, 10:38 pm

            okay, this is second time that I am getting to see UI changes that most of you cant.. am I in their special list or something? 😛
            btw, this change is no longer seen!! (like the old one I reported)

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