Google is developing an experimental new feature for its web browser Chrome that it hopes will make locating specific data items easier.
Early access participants will soon have the option to use a function known as Journeys, which divides the browsing history into a number of distinct categories.
Journeys are currently based on data from a single device. However, depending on how effective the functionality is, Google may enable users to access their journeys across multiple devices in the future.
Changing the web browser’s interface
Google is trying to modernize the idea of browsing history with this latest experiment, a function that has gotten less and less useful as time spent on the web has grown.
Because of the growth of SaaS and remote working, for example, many people are going to more websites than ever before, making it difficult to find certain activity data.
The blog article adds, “the firm is also considering how it might integrate functionality that better fits with the way people journey across the internet, almost always in an organic and unstructured manner.
When you’re looking for a certain piece of information or working on a project, your route through the internet isn’t likely to be smooth.” n” When it comes to Chrome’s product team,” says Yana Yushkina, Product Manager for Chrome. “
“You might search for the same thing multiple times, jump between pages, head back to Google Search again, or parse through your history for that one page you can’t seem to find again. It can be challenging, and more importantly, it can take up time you could be using to get things done.”
However, the new Journeys feature ensures that vital information is always accessible to the user without requiring them to go through their long browsing history.
The functionality is currently being tested in Chrome Canary and will not be included in a full public release for some time, so regular users will have to wait.