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Google considers touchscreen features for Chrome

Google appears to be readying several touch-friendly features for the desktop version of Chrome.

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Google has introduced a number of touch-screen features to an experimental version of its Chrome web browser, known as Canary.

The latest version of Canary was updated overnight so that it now includes a slide-to-navigate feature that allows users to swipe the screen left or right to go forwards or backwards on web pages, according to The Verge.

Meanwhile, an “enable pinch scale” option suggests that Google is experimenting with pinch-to-zoom features for its desktop version of Chrome.

Google is also supporting an onscreen keyboard in Canary for Windows 8 users that appears when the user taps the address bar or a text box.

Google warns users that Canary is prone to complete failures and is designed for developers and early adopters.

The need for touchscreen features has been driven by an increase in the number of machines that are touchscreen compatible, including a range of Windows 8 devices and Google’s own touchscreen Chromebook Pixel.

The stable Chrome browser has 750 million active users browsing across multiple operating systems.


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