Google has now pushed its upcoming Chrome Labs features one step closer to completion for the Chromebook platform. That’s based on recent reports from Android Police, which spotted the feature now rolling out on the Dev Channel for Chrome OS.
The new feature acts as a way for users to gain early access to experimental features, hence the branding. But, unlike previous experiments, Chrome Labs makes the process easy. As previously reported, Chrome Labs doesn’t require users to navigate to Chrome’s hidden experiments menu. That’s typically tucked behind the entry of the URL “chrome://flags” in the Omnibox search bar.
Instead, the new feature places a beaker icon next to the search bar. A tap or click on that icon showcases available incoming features that shouldn’t cause too many bugs or glitches for users. And there, they can be toggled on or off.
What flags are currently housed in the Chrome Labs menu for Chromebook?
This release, unlike previous releases, applies more explicitly to Chrome OS. Google has already been testing the feature on Windows in Chrome Canary. But getting access to that is easier than on a Chromebook since, for a Chromebook, Chrome Canary can’t simply be downloaded. So this moving to the Dev channel, steps closer to bypassing the need to switch to a more beta, bug-ridden version of Chrome.
While everybody waits for a final release on the Stable Channel, if that ever happens, there are two experiments available via Chrome Labs on the platform. Those are Reading List and Tab Scrolling. Of course, on Chrome OS, users will need to completely restart their laptops before using either feature. Since Chrome is effectively the entire operating system.
Here’s how you can get this early
Now, most users will want to wait to see if this feature ever arrives on the Stable Channel. As noted above, other channels tend to be buggy. But they also often require a complete reset of the Chromebook in question when users decide to switch back to a more user-friendly, stable channel. For those that are already on the Dev Channel, however, gaining access will be easy.
Users simply need to navigate to “chrome://flags” and then search for Chrome Labs. Enabling that will require at least one reboot of Chrome OS.