Chrome Labs is getting closer to your Chromebook with a new update
Google has now pushed its upcoming Chrome Labs features one step closer to completion for the Chromebook platform. This is based on recent reports from Android Police, which spotted the feature being rolled out on the development channel for Chrome OS.
The new feature allows users to quickly access experimental features, hence the branding. But, unlike previous experiences, Chrome Labs makes the process easier. As previously stated, Chrome Labs doesn’t force users to access Chrome’s hidden experiences menu. This is usually hidden behind the “chrome: // flags” URL entry in the Omnibox search bar.
Instead, the new feature places a beaker icon next to the search bar. Tapping or clicking on this icon presents the available incoming features which should not cause too many bugs or problems for users. And there they can be turned on or off.
What metrics are currently hosted in the Chrome Labs menu for Chromebook?
This version, unlike previous versions, applies more explicitly to Chrome OS. Google has already tested the feature on Windows in Chrome Canary. But accessing it is easier than on a Chromebook because, for a Chromebook, Chrome Canary can’t just be downloaded. So this move to the Dev channel comes closer to the need to move to a more beta and buggy version of Chrome.
While everyone is waiting for a final release on Stable Channel, if that happens, there are two experiences available through Chrome Labs on the platform. These are the playlist and scrolling tabs. Of course, on Chrome OS, users will need to completely restart their laptops before using either feature. Since Chrome is effectively the entire operating system.
Here’s how you can get that early
Now, most users will want to wait and see if this feature ever hits the stable channel. As noted above, the other chains tend to be buggy. But they also often require a full reset of the Chromebook in question when users decide to switch back to a more user-friendly and stable channel. For those already on the Dev Channel, however, accessing it will be easy.
Users simply need to go to “chrome: // flags” and then search for Chrome Labs. Activation will require at least one restart of Chrome OS.