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Styled Highlights for Chrome Looks Like Instagram Stories

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Google is testing a new text-sharing feature for Chrome that reminds me of Instagram stories.

Stylised Highlight

Google wants all the fancy stuff that you get on mobile apps on open web too. When “stories” became popular on almost all the social networking apps, Google announced “web stories” based on the AMP platform.

The new stylised highlight feature on Chrome for Android reminds me of this story (pun intended).

So, what is a stylised highlight?

I enabled this Chrome for a week ago but it started working this evening. If you have Chrome Canary on your Android phone, enable the “WebNotes Stylize” flag, restart Chrome.

Now, highlight some text and tap Share.

Chrome Stylise Highlight - Share
Chrome Stylise Highlight – Share

Select Stylise Highlight.

Chrome Stylise Highlight - Select

You will now see the selected text in a few color options.

Chrome Stylise Highlight - Select an option

Select Next and you will see the usual share menu from Android.

Highlights from Chrome

Select the app you want to share the highlight to, and you will get an image of the selected text and the link to the webpage.

Stylised Highlight from Chrome

The stylized highlight is going to be useful when you want to highlight a quote or a sentence from an article and share it alongside the complete article.

For now, I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Ready to rock your Twitter timeline with some cool highlights?

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