Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Google Chrome preps feature to suggest Google Drive documents in address bar

Google Drive Chrome OS

Google Chrome's ominbar is one of the features that originally made the browser stand out from the crowd. It's not just a place to type lengthy URLs into the address bar. The omnibar is your gateway to all things on the Internet. According to a new commit in the Chromium Gerrit, the omnibar could be getting more powerful and a little more personal.

The commit simply says "Add feature flag for Document suggestions in Omnibox." What documents, you may ask? In the description, it specifically mentions Google Drive, of course:

Display suggestions for Google Drive documents in the Omnibox when Google is the default search engine

It's interesting that they say it will only work when Google is the default search engine. So even if you're signed into Chrome with your Google account, but you're using a different search engine, you won't see the results. Just another way for Google to make sure you're using their services if you want the best features.

The feature is not live yet, but once it moves to the Canary channel it will be available as a feature flag here: chrome://flags/#omnibox-drive-suggestions. This is a great idea for people who are tied into the Google ecosystem. We could see the functionality expand to other Google services as well.



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