I found this very interesting Chrome flag in the Chromium code today. I don’t think this is the beginning of some new design for the New Tab Page. However, I thought it will be interesting to know what you guys think.
This flag is not available in Chrome yet. I spotted this in the code: “[NTP] Add flag to hide the
Fakebox is the search box that you see on the middle of the new tab page. It is called fakebox because it is not a real search box. As soon as you start typing something into it, focus moves to the addressbar or omnibox and the rest happens there.
The bug associated with this is private, and that is an interesting thing to note.
The flag name and description from the code:
Remove fakebox from the NTP”
Do not show the fakebox on the New Tab page
It will be too quick to call this a new design experiment. However, as I always say, the New Tab Page or NTP is a place where Google engineers and designers experiment the most.
Question for you. If they remove the fakebox, what do you think they should put there?