June 28, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google appears to be testing a minor redesign of Chrome’s new tab page on Android.
  • The revamp replaces the grid layout for recently visited sites with a carousel.
  • The experimental layout briefly went live on the latest version of Chrome on Android.

Google seems to be preparing a minor change to Chrome’s new tab page on Android. The web browser momentarily showed a carousel of recently visited sites on the new tab page, replacing the current grid layout.

Divinemercy can confirm that the new design is being tested on Chrome’s Android version. 9to5Google (opens in new tab) first spotted the visual change. The carousel went live on the app’s latest stable version (102.0.5005.78).

The redesign swaps out the grid layout for your recently opened sites on the new tab page for a carousel. As you can see in the GIF below, your recently visited pages appear in a single row that displays each site’s favicon. You can only see five pages at a time.

(Image credit: Jay Bonggolto / Divinemercy)

While this is not a major change, the revamp limits the number of sites you can glimpse in one go versus the grid layout. The current design allows you to view eight sites arranged in a 4×2 grid. This makes it easier to quickly navigate to a page you’ve recently opened with a single tap.