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Chrome is testing an iOS bottom address bar option

Google Chrome is testing a bottom-up address bar option for iOS. This comes nearly two years after iOS 15 lowered Safari’s tab bar.

Steve Moser, an iOS developer, reported that Chrome’s change is being tested in Testlfight.

Chrome’s test version’s Settings > Address Bar lets users change the address bar style. If TestFlight Chrome users can’t see the Address Bar menu, enable “chrome://flags/#bottom-omnibox-steady-state”.

Safari lets users change tab position through Settings > Safari > Tabs, but the bottom address bar has been the default for two years.

Chrome’s change has yet to roll out, but intermittent users will benefit from a uniform interface. Bottom-placed address bars are easier to use with one hand on large screens.

Google discontinued a 2020 Chrome on Android experiment.

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