This morning I was excited to see a new layout on the Google Chrome start page.
The new look is cleaner than the previous iteration. You now get to see eight thumbnails instead of nine. Each thumbnail has a slight gray border and hovered over, it darkens and eventually, about 1.5 seconds in to hovering, a little toolbar fades in. The toolbar is designed to be out of the way but it does give users new control over their thumbnails. You can pin a particular thumbnail to a particular position and of course close one outright. The thumbnails can even be moved around!
There is also a different option for displaying your most used sites. You can do away with the thumbnails by clicking the icon with three lines in the top right corner. Doing so will cause your thumbnails to fade out, enlarge their title while reordering.
I’m sure this isn’t a final version but I’d say this is very stable and an excellent refresh of the previous layout. Good work Google.
A few minutes after I tweeted about this, you know what Google does? They send me a Google alert about my tweet.