Google is redesigning Chrome’s app menu

Open source technologies often open the door to generating internal competition. This is something that is seen in Linux and that also happens with Chromiumwhose derivatives become, in specific cases, much more interesting proposals than the original project and its best-known derivative: Chrome.

Chrome’s app menu is accessible from the bookmarks bar if its button has not been disabled or by entering chrome://apps in the address bar. However, Google began in 2020 to gradually remove applications from the Chrome Web Store to power ChromeOS, its Linux-based desktop operating system, in addition to the fact that shortcuts to applications are usually found in the system launcher, which in Windows it is embodied by the Start menu. All of this translated into a Progressive abandonment of the applications menu in Chrome.

But despite still having a clear dominant position, Chrome is seeing more and more dwarfs based on Chromium, a technology that is also being mainly driven by Google, but with the contribution of other giants such as Microsoft, whose Edge has been able to conquer to an outstanding number of users despite remaining a Lilliputian by comparison.

The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is emerging as one of the most interesting derivatives with the most personality, which translates into the addition of its own features that differentiate it from the original project and from Chrome. The Redmond giant’s app is improving support for web apps with the addition of features like sync, so Google has maneuvered accordingly as a reply.

Current menu of Google Chrome applications.

It’s true that Chrome syncs installed web apps, but they show up as a monochrome icon when they’re not present on the computer you’re currently using. Google does not seem to intend, at least for now, to implement automatic installation, but yes of grant or revoke access to common device APIs, the ability to display up to four app-defined shortcuts, launch options, uninstall on current or all devices, and a deep link to app settings.

All new features planned for the Chrome browser apps menu they should be accompanied by a redesign of the graphical interface. All of those improvements are intended to come to builds of Chrome for Windows and Google started to sideline Chromium development for Linux a while ago, which has resulted in a certain comeback of Firefox in said system.

The reform of the Chrome applications menu, or at least the beginning of the reform, has already been merged in the Chromium code repository, so its arrival to users via builds of Chrome for Windows and macOS should be a matter of time, but on these issues it is better to remain cautious.

Source: MuyComputer by

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