Google Chrome 15
Last week Google Chrome 15 was released in the stable channel and after my upgrade I immediately noticed the prominent change on the New Tab Page.
The layout of Google New Tab Page was changed so that you can have more thumbnails on web apps. Surprisingly, we are still stuck to 10 thumbnails on Most Visited web pages because Chrome will not support more thumbnails according to discussions from here and here.
When you hover at the side of Google New Tab Page, you can click the right arrow or the left arrow icons to move from Most Visited to Apps and vice versa. Also, when you drag any app below the sections, you can organize apps in groups just like how you could organize apps in Android home screen using drag and drop.
Dragging the icon to “Remove from Chrome” will uninstall the app and you can also rename the section labels by double-clicking them.
Some people hate the redesigned New Tabs Page because it is a departure from what the New Tabs Page used to be in many earlier versions of Google Chrome.
It is not so bad in my opinion. In fact, I like it better than the earlier versions just because you can organize the apps into groups unlike before. What Google should do is to let users disable Most Visited web pages or let users set the default section label. I like to make Apps the default section instead of Most Visited web pages.
Speaking of the Most Visited web pages, did you notice the subtle color shade at the bottom of each thumbnail? The color comes from the major color from the favicon.
I also noticed that Google Chrome 15 has a new place for extension management. It is now located with other Chrome settings.
Google is priming up Chrome for tablets — there is no mistake about it and the redesigned New Tab Page is one step closer for Chrome to come to Android even it missed getting in Ice Cream Sandwich. For more detailed guide on how to use the New Tab Page, click here.
Enjoy the video demonstrating how to use the redesigned NTP on Google Chrome 15.