Google Redesigns the chrome://flags page

If you are a regular reader of Chrome Story, you will know that I prefer writing about things that are “work in progress”. I rarely write about stuff when they hit the Stable channel of Chrome and Chrome OS. I spend a lot of time on the chrome://flags page to make this happen. I check this page after each update to Chrome OS. I am on the Canary Channel, and that means I get updates almost daily. I need not explain to you why I am delighted to write about an upcoming redesign of the chrome://flags page.

According to the code change request, the redesign will include the following changes:

  • Improve responsive design for mobile devices. Larger touch targets.
  • Simplified the warning blurb.
  • Add in page flag search for better filtering, significantly better search experience on mobile devices.
  • Add tab interface separating Available and Unavailable flags.
  • Uses updated modern color scheme and typography.
  • Display the Chrome version number on the page.

I was looking for an option to see the newly added flags after each update. I do not see that mentioned in the bug or the change request. If anyone from the Chrome team is reading this, please, please add this feature!

The bug for this change has a screenshot from last year. However, I am not sure if it is the final design. We might see a much better version when the whole thing is ready.

Stay tuned for more details.

Update: There are newer screenshots.

4 responses to “Google Redesigns the chrome://flags page”

  1. Dinsan – I just took a look at that page and all I can say is, “You keep it, it ain’t for me!” The page starts out with a warning that it might screw up my computer, hmmm? Then all those notations listing what is available is completely foreign to me. It’s better that I just let you guys figure out what’s coming in future Chrome updates instead of trying to do it myself.

  2. That’s right, this page isn’t for everyone. Just for developers, testers and tech enthusiasts who know exactly what are they doing.

    • I suggest that the Chrome Story pages themselves should have the same warning, since they are only for people who know exactly what they are doing. LOL!

  3. I thought you’d get a chuckle out of that one! I tried to put a smiley face emoji there as well, to make sure you knew I was joking, but your site wouldn’t accept it. By the way, do you know if websites have the ability to block emojis, and things like boldface, italics, and underlining text? I’ve often wondered about this as I feel that these tools really help readers understand the writers true intentions. Please advise. Thanks!

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