Google Experimenting With Recommended Articles in Chrome
Gareth Andrews / 2 years ago
When people hear search engine there are a few that jump out at them, with many instantly going straight to Google. The popular search engine has helped create everything from the web browser Chrome to self-driving cars. One of their latest endeavours will be to recommend articles directly into your web browser.
Currently still in testing, the new feature is not available for public use or even beta but would see a list of articles recommended based on your most-visited sites. Recommended articles would appear on the new tab page for their Chrome browser, meaning that opening up a new tab could bring to a site you never even thought about visiting before.
Currently, the feature can only be uncovered by reading the tickets on Chromium Code reviews, something which VentureBeat has done with amazing detail. Amongst the discovered tickets the feature (currently known as “ChromeReader” or “Morning Reads”) uses a hard coded set of search parameters, meaning that everyone would see the same results no matter what they visit or see. This will obviously be changed before its release and would be required for the “snippets” to become something most people would use.
Snippets would include everything from a few words in the header to a brief description, with recommended features being changing how often they would fetch snippets and information based on how much power your device has or what time of the day it is.
There is no knowing what you might find on the internet, sometimes a quick ten minutes at your computer can turn into 20 minutes of YouTube videos of cats playing music before you realise what you were originally going to do.
Do you think that a new feature like this would help you? Would it just be a gimmick to give Chrome another feature on an already impressive arsenal?