Recently, instead of using the classic Chrome Custom Tabs, the Google app for Android started using a custom browser in the app for search results and more. The browser in the Google Search app on Android is now testing useful shortcuts to “Read aloud” and “Translate.”
Last month, the Google app browser underwent a rather significant redesign, moving the controls from the top down to the bottom. More recently, the bottom controls got a drag tab and revealed suggestions for other sites you might be interested in.
Tonight, Google has started rolling out a new pair of options in the browser̵
When the page is read, the words are highlighted on the screen, and you are also offered playback controls, including speed settings. Tragically, this feature does not appear to offer a dark mode.
Interestingly, “Read Aloud” is the only colorful option in the Google search menu for Android apps. Where “Read Aloud” uses Google’s four-color signature, all other options are monochrome. While this certainly makes the option more noticeable, it is still not as prominently placed as Google Go’s ever-present play button, which triggers a similar “Read Aloud” experience.
Meanwhile, the Google App Browser on Android also gets a “Translate” option. If you’ve ever used Chrome’s built-in Google Translate feature for Android, you’ll find a similar experience in this browser in the app. A line appears at the bottom of the screen so you can quickly translate the current page into any language you choose.
But you may feel that Google is choosing to move away from using Chrome Custom Tabs, it seems that this browser in the app is here to stay as Google continues to provide the full suite of Chrome features. So far, we’ve just discovered these new “Read” and “Translate” shortcuts in the beta version of the Google app, currently version 12.4.
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