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Google Launcher Starts Showing Up in Chrome New Tab Page

Google Launcher on Chrome New Tab Page

If you’re running a bleeding edge version of Google Chrome (be it dev, chromium or Canary) then take a peek at the New Tab page: there’s something different.

Google have added an additional launcher to the Chrome new tab page most developers builds across all desktop platforms.

It’s not overly flashy. In fact, it’s barely even noticeable. But it’s designed to give users quick access to common Google services – Gmail, Maps, News, etc – straight from the new tab page. What it isn’t however, is a replacement for the old web-app launcher; the pop-over only displays static links to Google sites.

If the launcher looks familiar then you may have read about a recent experiment by Google in which they replaced for the “dark bar” stripped across the homepage for a minimal grid-like launcher.

  • nZeloT

    Also got this New Tab Page in my Beta Version

  • Not in the linux dev channel of Chrome… I have 29.0.1516.3 dev, but I still have the old new tab screen.

    • dgf64

      Confirming this.

      • MaitreyaVyas

        Not in the Windows channel too! :(
        Version 29.0.1521.3 dev-m

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  • Mark Gonzales

    I’m seeing the launcher on the far left in the bookmarks bar in canary. And you’re right, it’s very cool.

  • Freehawk

    No, but I got a pretty cool “Google App Launcher” for my windows desktop. This think, I can’t find. I was feeling fine today until you show me something I don’t have. Thanks loads.

  • yeap, saw this a week ago, though i also want it on

  • shadowguy14

    I already have this on my Chromebook :)

  • Off topic, is that an image of the cat beside the full screen button?