He left ahead of his time and deliberately

He left ahead of his time and deliberately

Many people, including us, are familiar with some of Apple’s changes to Safari in iOS 15, similar to Google Redesign, which has been tested for years on Google Chrome. While that user interface, originally called Chrome Home, was finally released to users after years of experimentation, a former Google developer and designer who was closely involved with the changes recently released a brief but compelling report of the time. Which removes the curtain by rising and falling. The Chrome scroll bar is now gone.

Former Chris Lee Googler was a designer when he worked on Chrome. In particular, it validates changes, including tab groups and Chrome “Home” – no, no That One house or another – later called Duet and Duplex – no, no That Duplex was a mess of the usual, unusual name, Chrome Home, and related changes to revise the Chrome UI, not necessarily by completely changing the way it works, but by better organizing pre-existing features to get the most out of it. . While UI experiments covered a wide range (and sometimes seemingly misleading), it basically meant bringing UI elements down the page that were seemingly easier to access.

Chrome Home demo via Chris Lee.

Of course, the tense time in this discussion and the fact that Chrome does not look like this on your phone at the moment, means that this test did not answer exactly. But the history behind it, as clarified by Lee, provides insight into how even the constructive decision of a project versus data changed.

According to Lee, who took the main credit in 2016, Chrome’s main goal was to create a new motion system to use Chrome, make better use of the app’s growing feature set without hiding things lightly from the three-point menu. At the same time, it inflates the usability against the screen size of smartphones with a balloon. Despite this extra space, it was harder to get to the top, so why not move things to the bottom?

The concept gained domestic popularity, and Google prioritized it as a team of design refinement and testing, testing changes that went beyond just moving the address bar – many of which have been seen in various experiments over the years. In this regard, the company decided that the only way to test it correctly in live beta versions, which many of us using Android from 2017-2020 or most likely remember it as a point of confusion because it seems The look and feel of the Chrome UI changes quickly and randomly.

Gallery of various Chrome UI changes related to Home, Duplex and Duet – there were plenty of them.

Several different changes were tested, from simply moving the existing address bar to the bottom of the page to later breaking separate features into a “split” bar in the Duet – the latter covering a range of bars full of different buttons to break. In the top bar and 3-point menu, select “Conditional Tab Bar”.

Lee claims that the address bar at the bottom of the Chrome home screen is “follower”. Although the initial responses among our readers were negative, many welcomed the feature and were saddened to lose it when the company did the URL transfer test. However, this change showed less popularity among the general public with “different technical literacy”. Eventually, Lee used the original creator of Chrome Home, and the team once again led a defender Against it. And as we all know from this point, Chrome Home did not work in the end, although Safari in iOS 15 gets clear design cues from Google, and even Samsung is starting to duplicate some of Google’s abandoned changes.

We’ve all seen and read about Google’s widespread and sometimes frustrating public beta and its apparent desire to kill ideas, features, and products even if they are widely used, but the internal machinations behind that decision-making process are rare. It is transparent. The Lee Monument at Google Home has a glimpse of this, and as Apple begins to pick up places where Google has stopped, we wonder if the changes tested by Google Home / Duet / Duplex could return to Chrome one day.

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