Drop-down menus have been a part of computer GUIs from the start, but they’re not particularly easy to interact with on touch screens. Google is working on eliminating them with a few steps on Android, such as moving the autocomplete password drop-down menu to a bar above Gboard. But it looks like the company also wants to further reduce the number of dropdowns you come across when surfing the web in Chrome.

When you fill in data on some websites, like in the search bar of our sister site APK Mirror, your queries are saved in your browser and then offered as suggestions when you come back later. Usually a collection of these queries will appear as a drop-down menu below the input form, but now a new variant has appeared for some people that moves the suggestions on a strip above the keyboard as part of it. a browser experience.

Left: Current suggestions. Middle and right: New suggestions.

The new “drop-down” list, if you can even call it that, is in the same strip above your keyboard as the rest of Chrome’s autofill suggestions, like those for addresses, passwords and payment methods. In fact, the new dropdown format will only appear when you’ve enabled at least one of these autofill options in Chrome’s settings. If you’ve turned it on and the new look still doesn’t appear to you, you’ll also need to turn on the flag specified below if the new suggestion strip doesn’t automatically appear for you.

Auto-complete suggestions as a keyboard accessory

Displays autofill suggestions at the top of the keyboard rather than in a drop-down list. – Android

chrome: // flags / # autofill-keyboard-accessories-view

This flag has been part of Chrome for Android for a long time – we first spotted it in 2015, when it was tasked with moving password and credit card suggestions to the strip above the keyboard. However, it looks like Google is just starting to roll out these website-specific suggestions in the bar, without everyone having to manually activate the corresponding indicator.

We can confirm that this new look is being rolled out in the latest stable version of Chrome, version 90, which should already be on your phone. Otherwise, you can get it from APK Mirror.

Google Chrome: fast and secure
Google Chrome: fast and secure