Google Chrome is experimenting with a feature that displays search query instead of URLs in address bar / Digital Information World
Google Chrome is experimenting with a new feature that replaces the URL of the web page with the search keyword in Chrome’s address bar.
Google calls it “Query in Omnibox”, and while experimenting with it, they enabled it for some users who as a result display the search query in the address bar instead of showing the URL.
Although it is in experimental mode, it has been available in Google Chrome since last year, but as a feature disabled by default. However, users can activate the feature by visiting this flag chrome: // flags / # enable-query-in-omnibox.
When not enabled, Google displays the expected URL in the address bar, which makes it easy for the user to identify the website and sharing becomes a bit easier as well.
While giving a interview at WiredChrome Engineering Manager Adrienne Porter Felt admitted that they did not find web page URLs very useful for users.
People find it hard to understand and Google Chrome wants to change the way URLs are displayed.
Usually, URLs are difficult to read and many users are confused when it comes to deciding which part of the URL should be trusted.
We want to reach a point where it is easier for everyone to understand the identity of the website, so that the user has an idea of who they are talking to when using the web page., added Adrienne Porter.
Google Chrome is slowly making progress towards its end goal, as many users observed that they stopped showing the subdomain in URLs when Google Chrome 79 was released.
This experience appears to be their next step in the same direction and Google will continue to remove various items until there is nothing more to exclude.
At present, it has only been tested for Chrome, which is the most used browser, and once it is successfully implemented, Google might start thinking about removing URLs on other search engines.
Since it has only been implemented at a very small scale, it’s still unclear how general users will react to this surprising update.
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