Google's Chrome browser to get more touch-friendly

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Google is apparently taking steps to make its flagship Chrome browser more touch friendly.

For example, a new slide-to-navigate feature has been added (in beta nightly Canary builds) that allows users to swipe left or right to go backwards and forwards on web pages.

According to The Verge, the above-mentioned feature is almost identical to the one found within Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.

"Pinch-to-zoom also appears to be something Google is experimenting with too, thanks to an 'enable pinch scale' option in the Chrome Canary flags," explained Tom Warren of The Verge.

"It's more experimental than the swipe navigation, but it works as you'd expect by zooming in websites using your fingers."

It should also be noted that on Windows 8, Google supports the onscreen keyboard fully in the desktop version by displaying when the address bar or text boxes are tapped.