Google Chrome is constantly improving and with this Beta release Google has also announced two tests related to tab groups. These changes will bring more flexibility for users who are not satisfied with the Google Chrome Tab Groups.
The Google Chrome support site has been flooded with numerous requests for the ability to disable tab grouping. This doesn’t appear to be on the way just yet, but Google has announced two experimental changes, including a new tab (no grouping) menu.
Less tab groups will be shown in Google Chrome
If you don’t like Google Chrome for Android‘s tab grouping, we have good and bad news for you. The bad news is that there is currently no way to completely disable it. The good news is that Google is trialing two new features designed to decrease groupings and provide you more control over when a tab will be grouped.
It has been confirmed on Google’s support page that user feedback has been taken into account and that certain modifications are being made to how tab grouping works as a result of it. To begin with, links that open in a new tab will not be included in the group by default; this was previously the case.
The browser’s context menu, however, will let you choose whether or not to open the link in a new tab or a new tab in the group. Only one option appears in Google Chrome‘s stable version: to create a new tab in the group.
These two tests are currently available in Google Chrome Beta, but they aren’t turned on with Chrome Flags. They’re controlled from the server-side, however.
As a result, Google recommends that if you’re using the Chrome beta for the first time, you allow it to sit open for around five minutes before closing and reopening it. It’s too early to predict whether these tests will be included in the final release.