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Update to Chrome for Android makes closing the browser tabs in-app the default position

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Update to Chrome for Android makes closing the browser tabs in-app the default position
A quiet and subtle change made to version 49 of the Chrome browser app for Android brings back the pre-Lollipop default method for closing Chrome tabs. Prior to Android 5.0, tabs opened by the browser's users would be closed in the app itself by default. In Lollipop, the browser tabs were moved to the "Recent Apps" also known as the "Overview menu." While that was the default, users could still go to Chrome's settings menu and turn off "Merge tabs and apps."

The latest version of Chrome comes with the "Merge tabs and apps" setting off by default. That means that barring any changes, you will be closing the browser's tabs from the Chrome app itself. You can checkout images of both methods by clicking on the slideshow.

Keep in mind that the only thing that has changed is the default method for closing the browser's tabs. Both methods are still available to you by going into the browser's settings. This change is only going to show up for those either installing the Chrome browser from the Google Play Store, or setting up a new phone. If you have an older version of Chrome on your phone and simply update it, you will not get the new default position.

It isn't clear why Google switched the default setting. It could be that many Android users preferred to manage their Chrome tabs inside Chrome itself, and we agree. It becomes a headache to have to scroll through your active apps and Chrome tabs, all mixed together in the same place. But you might disagree which explains why Google offers different options in the first place. As they used to say in the old days when smartphones weren't even dreamed of, different strokes for different folks.


source: AndroidCentral

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posted on 17 Mar 2016, 18:21 1

1. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It is likely in preparation for the multi-window/floating window feature. The tabs in separate activity would mean no tabbing ability. This way they can have two tab holding chrome activities side by side possibly.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:11 6

2. cripton805 (Posts: 1432; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Finally. I hated that change.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:45 6

3. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Yeah I hated this feature, disabled it immediately a while back, good.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:49

4. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 205; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


I could've sworn this has been around for like a month.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 20:44

5. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 182; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


I still praise lord I froze OTA update since Lollipop first came knocking...

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 21:27

6. zeeBomb (Posts: 1863; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Y'all gotta try CACAF Chromiubrowsersro

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 00:48

7. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


"CACAF Chromiubrowsersro" what does that even mean

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 02:22

8. nebula (Posts: 541; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


I am surprised they took out this option in the first place because it is in app.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 15:08

9. Cyberthing (Posts: 126; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


Having tabs in the recent overview tray is better for one hand usage on bigger phones. Although, I have disabled it on my bigger phones in order to avoid clutter in the recent.

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