Google studies compact interface without omnibar in Chrome

According to the website Conceivably Tech, Google would be working to develop a compact interface in Google Chrome that hides the URL address bar.

However, the “novelty” can be classified as an addition to other interfaces also developed by the Mountain View giant, which include the classical, the current Chrome interface, sidetab, currently available at about: flags and touch, created especially for Android Honeycomb.

According to Jeff Chang, product manager at Google, the company is considering a number of different layouts for the project, both for the Chrome browser and the Chrome OS operating system. Regarding the “compact” design, the interface would not include an address bar. In place, a single bar with buttons for “navigation”, “search” and “menus”.

The company highlights the advantage of the new interface in saving screen space for content, in addition to being able to be flexibly applied to larger screens and, eventually, being linked to the classic navigation layout that can provide applications with a better user experience. “With complete control of your content area.”

The disadvantages, however, put the project at further minimizing the browser interface at risk. According to Google, URLs are not always visible, which damages the control of navigation and the context of tabs when used on multiple pages.

Another problem is linked to the drastic change in the interface. Because it has a significant change in experience and usability, the new interface could “scare” Chrome users if the default is changed via automatic update without an alert mode.

Below, you can see the four Chrome interfaces being worked on by the Google team: