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Google Chrome 91 on Android - Grid view for tabs can no longer be disabled.

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posted on May, 29 2021 @ 09:33 AM
Just some info for Chrome on Android users. This probably won't be of interest to many of you, but I'm putting it out there for the nerd community.

Personally I do 90% of ATS reading and posting on my Android phone. I usually have ten or more tabs open and up to thirty with other stuff I follow.

The tab view has always been cascading, but a grid view option has been rolled out, by default, in new releases of Chrome.

Until recently it was possible to revert back to cascading tab views via the under-the-hood chrome://flags.

However, with the newest update to Chrome 91, it is now a forced diet and can no longer be changed. Old habits die hard and I don't want to change browser, even though I have used alternative browsers for certain reasons.

I really don't understand why users can't have the option to view tabs however they like. I can't see that it's a security issue. The functionality and integration with the phone isn't altered, so why the force feed? Maybe there's a long-term plan we don't know about.

Anyway, I'll just have to get used to it. In actual fact, there is a neat option to group tabs, which should make keeping many tabs on-the-go easier to manage.

Update: You can no longer disable grid view for tabs
Google just started rolling out Chrome 91 for Android on the stable channel. The latest update brings a host of performance improvements, visual updates, default to desktop mode on large screen devices, and more. The update also removes the ability to disable the grid view for tabs by toggling the three flags mentioned above (The article I linked to). If you hate the grid view layout, now is the right time to switch to a different browser.

Bold is mine

edit on 29-5-2021 by Encia22 because: Just tinkering

posted on May, 29 2021 @ 09:49 AM
Jesus, Chrome up to revision 91?

I was debating updating Chrome on my phone, but I get tired of doing an update, just for a new one to come out the next day.

Just checked before posting, running Chrome version 76 on my android.

posted on May, 29 2021 @ 10:41 AM
a reply to: Nivhk91

I hear ya! I agree that updates are too frequent, but it's the same for so many other apps. It's all a constant work in progress with app developers having to chase the OS changes to keep their programs working.

I have sometimes blocked updates of some apps I like as is. However, as I use my phone for a lot of work things, I need to have Chrome updated.

posted on May, 29 2021 @ 11:56 AM

originally posted by: Encia22
Maybe there's a long-term plan we don't know about.

Doesn't anybody wonder why EVERY website and browser keeps constantly changing? Or why product labels keep changing? Or why everything keeps constantly changing? That is the long-term plan - to keep everybody's attention occupied with keeping up with everything so they don't notice the man behind the curtain. (I.E. reality.)

posted on May, 29 2021 @ 01:41 PM
a reply to: TrulyColorBlind


posted on May, 29 2021 @ 06:49 PM
I bought a Chromebook a few years ago...a high end model at the time...the Samsung Chromebook Pro. I ended up loving it so much that I use it for about 90% of my computing. Especially because it's so easy to travel with...very very thin and light, all day battery, touch screen/tablet mode, instant on just like your phone.

I was all set to pony up for whatever the latest and greatest was this year so that I could add the Linux functionality (which my model was just a tad too old to get). But the last year or so Google has really let me down. It seems like any good products they have...they just cancel them and come out with some new version that might look a little better but has WAY less functionality. They are constantly killing off everything (take Google Music for example...or Hangouts (how many messenger apps have they had now?). Important things that should be worked on are left not working while they tweak things and actually make workflow worse.

I feel like there are no adults working there! It seems the whole place is made up of 18 yr olds with ADD that are each trying desperately to prove themselves. I'm really debating just going back to mostly Linux and moving away from Google apps as much as possible. They just keep disappointing me.

posted on May, 29 2021 @ 08:38 PM
a reply to: JourneyAbout

Tell me about it!

Many years ago I was very active in a particular subject. As a global group we used Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn a lot. When Google+ was rolled out we moved to unify our efforts on that platform as it was neutral ground... the rest is history.

Google+ (pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus; sometimes called G+) was a social network owned and operated by Google. The network was launched on June 28, 2011, in an attempt to challenge other social networks, linking other Google products like Google Drive, Blogger and YouTube. The service, Google's fourth foray into social networking, experienced strong growth in its initial years, although usage statistics varied, depending on how the service was defined. Three Google executives oversaw the service, which underwent substantial changes that led to a redesign in November 2015.

Due to low user engagement and disclosed software design flaws that potentially allowed outside developers access to personal information of its users,[4] the Google+ developer API was discontinued on March 7, 2019, and Google+ was shut down for business and personal use on April 2, 2019.[5] Google+ continued to be available as "Google+ for G Suite"; all users transitioned to "Google Currents" later.[6]

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