Google Chrome’s tabs sharing feature to get better on Windows 10

Google Chrome for Windows 10

If you’re a long-term Google Chrome user you may have come
across the browser’s tabs sharing feature, which basically
allows you to push things from Windows 10 to your phone and
vice versa. A Chromium post suggests that Google is working on
a new version of the tabs sharing feature to address
reliability issues.

The new experience is called “Send tab to self 2.0” or STTS 2.0
and it’s currently being tested in the Canary builds for
Windows 10. This feature has already been merged into Chromium
and users can turn on it by navigating to
chrome://flags#enable-self-share.

STTS 2.0 seems like a handy feature and it will also address
reliability issues caused by Windows 10’s native notification
settings, especially when system-wide notifications are
disabled. It will still allow anyone with a Google account to
post tabs from mobile to other synced Windows 10 devices and
vice versa, but there’ll be some noticeable improvements.

Chrome tabs sharing

There have been times where users couldn’t receive tabs on
Windows 10 due to the native notification system. Currently, if
system-wide notifications are disabled, the “Send tab to self”
feature simply doesn’t work. As a result, Google now wants to
reduce dependence on system notifications.

We don’t know exactly how the new tabs sharing feature will
work, but there are a few possibilities. The most likely seems
to be the toolbar will be updated with a new flyout menu that
lets you send, receive and manage tabs.

Chrome already has the ability to sync profile and Self Share
in the toolbar would be a lot faster, more direct method
because the notifications can be handled by the browser itself

“Add files for new received tab UI in STTS 2.0. Wire up the
various classes so that the STTS icon is shown in the toolbar
when a tab is received if the flag is enabled,” Google noted in
a Chromium post and confirmed that it will be initially be
implemented for desktop, then for Android.

In another Chromium post, Google said that it’s also exploring
a new sharing hub with “Send tab to self 2.0” integration.

“Show STTS and QR code icons only when dialog visible When the
desktop sharing hub is enabled, only show the STTS and QR code
omnibox icons when their associated dialog is visible.

In addition to Chrome,
Microsoft Edge has also received support for tabs sharing
feature on Android and iOS, but the company is sticking
with Windows 10’s native notifications implementation.

Other improvements coming to Chrome

Tabs sharing isn’t the only feature Chrome is getting this
year.

As per Chromium posts, Chrome will also get
getting Windows 10’s native audio settings integration
later this year and
support for new web apps.

Thanks for the tip, Leo Varela!

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