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New Chrome screenshots confirm touchless Android [Gallery]

Earlier this year, we uncovered screenshots of a "touchless" version of Chrome which appears to be designed for feature-phone-like devices. New screenshots we were able to obtain have confirmed that this "touchless" Chrome is being built for a version of Android Oreo. the special app was intended for Android, but we didn't have enough evidence to know Making Android available for low-end devices without touch screens would most likely put Google into direct competition with KaiOS feature phones, despite the two companies recently becoming partners More recent commit tide to touchless Chrome, Google provided two additional screenshots for Chrome's public translation team, but these were swiftly removed. Thankfully, we were able to save one screenshot before removing and recovering the other. The screenshots very clearly depicted and redesigned version of Chrome's New Tab Page with a condensed article for you section. "All apps." Digging into the touchless code, we find that this "All apps" text is used to show the title of the page icon you hovered over. When hovered over another site, such as the Facebook icon, we are likely to see something like "Facebook" instead. "All apps" is just the title used in touchless Chrome for the app's Explore Sites feature. The fact that Google took the time to redesign the New Tab narrower, touchless devices. Instead, this touchless Chrome appears to be a fully featured browser for feature phones. The key detail of these screenshots, however, is actually not part of Chrome. In the top left corner…

Earlier this year, we uncovered screenshots of a “touchless” version of Chrome which appears to be designed for feature-phone-like devices. New screenshots we were able to obtain have confirmed that this “touchless” Chrome is being built for a version of Android Oreo.

the special app was intended for Android, but we didn’t have enough evidence to know

Making Android available for low-end devices without touch screens would most likely put Google into direct competition with KaiOS feature phones, despite the two companies recently becoming partners

More recent commit tide to touchless Chrome, Google provided two additional screenshots for Chrome’s public translation team, but these were swiftly removed. Thankfully, we were able to save one screenshot before removing and recovering the other.

The screenshots very clearly depicted and redesigned version of Chrome’s New Tab Page with a condensed article for you section. “All apps.”

Digging into the touchless code, we find that this “All apps” text is used to show the title of the page icon you hovered over. When hovered over another site, such as the Facebook icon, we are likely to see something like “Facebook” instead. “All apps” is just the title used in touchless Chrome for the app’s Explore Sites feature.

The fact that Google took the time to redesign the New Tab narrower, touchless devices. Instead, this touchless Chrome appears to be a fully featured browser for feature phones.

The key detail of these screenshots, however, is actually not part of Chrome. In the top left corner of both screenshots, we can see Android 8.1 Oreo’s “Android System” notification in the status bar. This confirms without a shadow of a doubt that Chrome’s touchless mode is being built for a variant of Android Oreo. Why is Google basing this touchless effort on a version of Android that is about to be two years out of date? Even Android Go, Google’s existing program for low-end devices, has already seen an update to Pie. We haven’t found any helpful clues on the Android site of things, and all of the Chromium bugs related to touchless Chrome are market private. I / O is just around the corner, though, and a new format for Android combined with a new version of Chrome, seemingly targeted for the feature phones of Google’s Next Billion Users, seems like it could be a big enough announcement for that event. Perhaps we’ll learn more about touchless chrome and it is with Android.


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