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Chrome Experiments with Bottom-Positioned Address Bar Option for iOS Users

Google Chrome is experimenting with a new feature that allows iOS users to move the address bar to the bottom of the screen. This move echoes Apple's similar change with Safari nearly two years ago.

Google Chrome Experiments with Bottom Address Bar on iOS

Nearly two years after Apple moved Safari's tab bar to the bottom with iOS 15, Google Chrome is testing a similar feature for iOS users.

According to iOS developer Steve Moser, this feature is currently in the TestFlight version of Chrome. Users interested in testing it out can do so by navigating to Settings > Address Bar within the Chrome app.

Shifting the address bar to the bottom of the screen could be particularly advantageous for users of larger devices, making it easier to browse with just one hand. Furthermore, it would create a more uniform interface for those who switch between Safari and Chrome.

It's worth noting that Google experimented with a similar feature for Android users back in 2020, but eventually discontinued it.

While Safari provides an option to move the tab bar through Settings > Safari > Tabs, the browser has featured a bottom-placed address bar as the default for two years.

Though the feature has not been rolled out to all users yet, it shows Google Chrome's ongoing efforts to enhance user experience, especially for those juggling between different browsers and larger devices. This experimental feature could very well become a permanent part of Chrome’s interface in the near future.

Stay tuned for updates on the full rollout of this feature.

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