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Google is testing ‘Explore’ interface on Chrome browser

Google is reportedly testing a new content discovery interface in the Chrome browser’s new tab page called “Explore”, which users can access on Android by enabling an experimental flag.

According to a report by tech website Android Police, the interface is in its early stages and contains a large number of placeholder sites at the moment — most of them of specific interest to Indian users.

The report suggests that the feature will not, necessarily, be targeted at the Indian market, adding that the websites appearing in this new user interface (UI) have been chosen as examples by whoever is in the process of developing it.

In short, you can think of “Explore” as a comprehensive “channel” browser meant to present websites that could potentially be of interest to you, the report said.

Also read: 9 ways to ensure your privacy is protected on Google Chrome

It’s not clear if this will be based on your individual habits (knowing Google, though, that’s almost certainly a yes) or if it will be more broadly tailored to locales and regions than specific users, it added.

To enable the “Explore” interface, users can go to chrome and search for “explore”, and you should see the “Explore websites” flag.

Set it to ‘enabled’ and relaunch Chrome, then open a new tab. The “Explore” interface should then appear on the new tab page.

Last month, Google Chrome 70 Beta was released for Android, Chrome OS, macOS and Windows, which adds support for web authentication using fingerprint sensors — like the ones on Android devices or Touch ID on Apple devices.

Currently, fingerprint-based authentication is being tested in Chrome 70 Beta, which means there is a possibility of facial recognition or retina scan in the future for authentication on the web. Click here to read more about this development.

Also read: If Google says a website isn’t secure, what does it really mean?

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