Google has made numerous changes to Chromium over the years,
including hiding the URL protocol in the address bar. New code
commits discovered by us show that the company is experimenting
with another address bar change for Chrome on Windows 10 and
Google has a new experiment going on with Chromium Omnibox – or
the address bar, as it’s more commonly known. The experiment
will optimize omnibox navigations and first-load performance
for HTTPS, rather than HTTP.
The new feature relates to the HTTPS protocol, which aims to
establish a secure connection between your browser and the
website you’re visiting.
Currently, if you want to visit Microsoft.com or any other
website, Chrome or Microsoft Edge will first open the HTTP
version of the website before redirecting you to the HTTPS
version (if available).
The upcoming change will default typed omnibox navigations to
According to Google, this change will optimize omnibox (address
bar) navigations and first-load performance for HTTPS.
Autocomplete will also use HTTPS as the default scheme for
“We call these “upgraded HTTPS navigations,” Google said
in a code commit.
Google is advocating for HTTPS in the address bar because the
“web is increasingly moving towards HTTPS” and it believes that
websites will load faster after the change is implemented.
“This is a minimal implementation and is not ready for general
usage. Future CLs are going to observe upgraded HTTPS
navigations for several seconds instead and cancel the load
when necessary, instead of indefinitely waiting for HTTPS loads
to succeed,” explained a Google Chrome engineer.
Google is still experimenting with the idea and the feature is
not yet ready for general usage.
It’s also possible that the implementation will break some
websites that are still on the HTTP version because Chrome is
currently unable to remember which URLs fell back to HTTP.