Update Chrome for Android may soon display search links in a bar at the top

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Searching on mobile devices is not really that comfortable if you want to access multiple sites displayed in the results. While you can long-tap on results to open them in new tabs, it still means that you have to switch between tabs to access all of the opened tabs.

Google is testing a new feature for Chrome on Android that puts a bar with search result links at the top of the Chrome window. The feature, designed to work only with Google Search, lists titles of the results of the search results page there.

Chrome users may scroll the results, as only a few are displayed on smartphones at the same time, and load them with a single tap on a link. Pages load right then and there, which means that tab switching is a thing of the past in this context.
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What you cannot do is change the search term, but you could type it in Chrome's address bar, provided that Google Search is the default search engine of the browser.

The feature is experimental and needs to be activated for testing. The stable Chrome version 91.0.4472.120 has the flag on our test system. Here is how to enable the feature:
  1. Load chrome://flags in the address bar in Chrome for Android.
  2. Search for Continuous Search Navigation.
    • The description states: Enables caching of search results to permit a more seamless search experience.
  3. Set the flag to Enabled.
  4. Restart Google Chrome.
The feature is active after the restart. Search using Google Chrome's address bar or by loading Google Search directly. Once you open a result on the results page, you will see the search results toolbar at the top of Chrome. It takes away a bit of space from the browser, but the toolbar hides itself automatically once you start to scroll down the page. You need to scroll up again to make it reappear.

Continuous Search Navigation is only available for Chrome on Android.

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Chrome users on Android may soon have a new option when it comes to opening multiple results. Besides opening results in new tabs or making excessive use of the back button, they may soon also load results using the new search results bar, provided that Google Search is the default browser.

The feature is experimental, which means that it can be pulled at any time.
 
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