When you open a new tab in Chrome Beta on your Android device, you'll see small boxes that represent the sites you visit most frequently. Each box is supposed to display a snapshot of the website, and provide a link to let you quickly access it. Unfortunately, the previews haven't been working correctly since several updates ago.
As an alternative to the small thumbnail boxes, AndroidPolice points out that you can use icons to represent each website. This feature has to be force-enabled, but it will provide a few benefits. First, you'll no longer be concerned with whether the tab previews are working. Second, the content of the pages will not be visible, thus granting a bit more privacy if someone else uses your device. And third, you'll be able to see more shortcuts at once. Here's how to enable it:
- Head to chrome://flags/#enable-icon-ntp in the Chrome Beta app.
- Toggle the setting to Enabled.
- Relaunch the app to apply the changes.
Test it out by tapping the overflow menu in the top right-hand corner and choosing New Tab.
The icons on the New Tab page are only working in the beta version of the app for right now, but the flag is available in the stable version.
What do you think of the alternative view? Should it become a permanent feature? Share your thoughts in the comments.