Chrome Tests ‘Omnibox Rich Autocompletion’

Google Chrome is working on improving autofill suggestions on the address bar aka the Omnibox. A new flag available in the Canary version tests a few variations of this feature.

Omnibox Rich Autocompletion

Th Omnibox Rich Autocompletion flag comes with a few variations to choose from.

“Allow autocompletion for titles and non-prefixes. I.e. suggestions whose titles or URLs contain the user input as a continuous chunk, but not necessarily a prefix, can be the default suggestion. Typically, only suggestions whose URLs are prefixed by the user input can be. The potential variations toggle 4 params:

1) ‘Title UI’ displays titles,

2) ‘2-Line UI’ includes titles (and URLs when autocompleting titles) on a 2nd line,

3) ‘Title AC’ autocompletes titles, and

4) ‘Non-Prefix AC’ autocompletes non-prefixes. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS”

If you look at the dropdown for the flag, there are a few combinations of these options:

Omnibox Rich Autocompletion

I tested a few variations of this flag. The major difference I could find is this. Chrome will display the full title of the first item in the recommendation.

The first item in the autofill recommendation is usually in the address bar itself. With this flag enabled, you will see the full title of the website even before you open it.

This feature is expected to come to Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. The flag does not mention Android or iOS.

I am still trying to understand the intention behind this feature. How will this help us users? Do you have any thoughts? Let me know in the comments section.

2 responses

  1. the rich suggestions is a total distraction. no need for silly pictures and logos.
    Only a childish mind would think this is OK

    1. Well, think everything is going more visual these days. We all consume more videos compared to articles right?

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