Omnibox and its features were one of the star attractions of Google Chrome from the time the browser was launched. Google is currently working on an improved layout for Omnibox suggestions and results, complete with pictures.
I am testing this on Chrome OS Canary build, but chances are that you have this flag available on Dev channel of Chrome and Chrome OS too. I have the following two new flags enabled:
Omnibox new answer layout
Display answers using an enhanced layout with larger images – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
Omnibox rich entity suggestions
Display entity suggestions using images and an enhanced layout; showing more context and descriptive text about the entity – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
Results? Here you go:
I am sure there will be more such results where Google can do or show more than text. Omnibox is already very powerful. It can answer questions and do calculations. If you look at the evolution of the Google Search widget on Android, you’ll get an idea of what’s possible with Omnibox.
Do you like this new layout? Is there something else that you’d like to see Google doing differently here? Let us discuss!
I’ll keep an eye out for future improvements of this feature. Stay subscribed to Chrome Story!