Google is working on an experimental new feature for its Chrome web browser that it hopes will make locating specific information much easier.
According to a new blog post, members of the Chrome Early Access program will soon have the option to try a feature called Journeys, which divides browsing history into a series of different topics.
For example, if someone has read up on the topic of artificial intelligence in multiple sessions, Chrome will group all that material together in a dedicated panel under History. This way, according to Google, it will be much easier for users to pick up where they left off.
Currently, trips are based on activity data from a single device. However, depending on how well the feature is received, Google says it may allow users to access their trips on multiple devices in the future.
Modernize the web browser
With this latest experiment, Google is trying to modernize the concept of browsing history, a feature that has become less and less useful as the time people spend on the web has increased. With the rise of SaaS and remote working, for example, many of us are visiting more web pages than ever before, making it difficult to locate specific activity data.
As explained in the blog post, the company is also thinking about how it can introduce features that better align with the way people move the internet, almost always organically and unstructured.
“When you’re looking for certain information or working on a project, your path on the Internet is probably not straightforward,” explained Yana Yushkina, product manager for Chrome.
“You can search for the same thing multiple times, jump from page to page, go back to Google search, or analyze your history for that page you can’t seem to find. It can be difficult, and more importantly, it can take time that you could use to get things done. “
However, the new Journeys feature ensures that specific information is always readily available, without the user having to go through their bloated browsing history.
The feature is currently being tested on the Chrome Canary channel and the company has not set a timeline for its introduction in a full public version, so regular users will need to be patient for now.