There is a new experimental flag in the latest version of Chrome Canary which looks promising but does not do much at the moment. It is called “Single-tab Mode”. It is in the very early stages of development, but you know that I have this habit of sharing news about things when they are work-in-progress.
Name: Single-tab mode
Description: Windows with a single tab receive a special, minimal visual treatment. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
The flag description is pretty descriptive. There is to be a special (hmm, interesting) minimal design for Chrome windows with single tabs. That kind of makes sense. When you move a tab away from a bunch of open tabs, to make it a separate window, you are doing it to give it more focus. A minimal design here will definitely help.
I tried this flag, but apart from a small color change to the Window borders (which may not be because of the flag), there were no other visible changes. I’ll keep an eye out for this new design in coming versions of Chrome Canary. Stay tuned!
To me, this fits somewhere between regular Chrome windows and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Progressive Web Apps are in a way Chrome windows with a single website open. These websites come with additional features, thanks to additional PWA features by Chrome, for example, push notifications.
What do you think? Is this going to be a simple design change, or will we see more feature around this mode?