Photo: Illustration: Ellis Hamburger
Google is famous for open sourcing its projects for anyone to see.These projects often include fun “experimental” features Googlers are messing around with.
We picked the coolest experimental features we’d love to see in the next version of Google Chrome.
Multiple Profiles allows you to switch on the fly between Profiles you have hooked up to Google Sync.
With a few clicks, multiple users of one computer could have all their bookmarks, browsing histories, and more with fast user switching.
You could even associate each browser window with a different profile.
Google Sync is great, but one thing that could make it better is syncing typed URLs.
If you're browsing at home, once you get to work, Chrome would be able to auto-complete URLs you want to visit again, as if you'd been using one computer the whole time.
Google Instant pre-renders search results before you finish typing, but what about pre-rendering pages themselves?
Pre-rendering in Chrome would start loading webpage as you type in a page's URL. For example, if you start typing http://www.esp, Chrome would start loading espn.com in the background, so when you finish typing, the page would load instantaneously.
Like when you open Safari and see 'Top Sites,' Chrome would be able to load pages inside of pages with an experimental 'off screen tabs' feature.
They could be in a grid formation, or in carousel (CoverFlow) formation.
With an experimental feature called 'side tabs,' you could maximise vertical screen space by keeping your tabs on the right or left side of the screen.
Google has been fooling around with 'Compact Navigation,' an experimental feature that would make your URL bar disappear entirely.
To activate the URL bar, click a tab. It saves space for computers with small screens.
Click To Play would let you designate which applications (like Flash) and plug-ins run automatically when you finish loading a page.
Say goodbye to annoyingly loud and seizure-inducing flash ads.
Click To Flash for Safari is a great illustration of how it could work.
While Google Labs for Chrome isn't as obvious as the enticing 'Labs' tab in Gmail, type about:flags into Chrome's URL bar to view a list of experimental features you can try out.
The about:flags page includes many experimental features you've seen here, plus many more.
But beware, try them at your own risk.