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Google makes it easier to try Chrome's experimental features

Chrome Labs puts test features a couple of clicks away.
Google Chrome logo is seen near cyber code and words "spy"  in this illustration picture taken June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
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Jon Fingas
Jon Fingas|@jonfingas|December 13, 2020 5:38 PM

Test versions of Chrome sometimes pack experimental features, but you almost wouldn’t know it when you frequently have to enable obscure settings flags to use them. It might soon be much easier, however. Ghacks and Android Police have learned that Chrome Canary 89 includes a Chrome Labs feature that offers quick access to experimental features. If you want to access a reading list or tab search, you just have to click a beaker icon, toggle the experiment from a drop-down menu and restart the browser.

You currently have to enable Chrome Labs through its own flag (visit “chrome://flags/” in the address bar and search for “Chrome Labs”). It’s not certain if this will be limited to Canary or will reach more polished versions in time.

This isn’t a completely novel concept. Firefox and Vivaldi have their own experiment pages. Chrome’s giant audience could easily make Labs a widely-used feature, however. If nothing else, it might give you a better reason to try rough Chrome versions — you’d easily learn what extras Google is working on.

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Google makes it easier to try Chrome's experimental features