CALIFORNIA: Due to the fact that Google Chrome is used by billions of people all over the globe, the browser is regularly updated with new features and improvements to cater to the ever-changing needs of its user base. Just yesterday, we learned that Chrome is likely getting rounded corners to match the design language of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11 release. Now, Google has revealed that it will soon start surfacing Drive files when you open a new tab in Chrome.
The company says that rather than showing you files based on recency, the content surfaced will be based on “intelligent suggestions”. According to Google, this will save users time and mental effort in finding the file that they need as they will be able to grab it directly from the new user interface provided on a new Chrome tab, as can be seen below:
Google says that this experience will be enabled by default if you haven’t customized the New Tab Page interface. If an IT admin has set a custom experience for New Tab Page at an organizational level, this feature will not be enabled by default for those users. IT admins can head to this page to find out how to toggle the setting. Meanwhile, non-organizational users can simply utilize the “Customize Chrome” button in the bottom right corner to enable or disable Google Drive cards.
Intelligent suggestions for Google Drive cards in Chrome have been set to release on a “Gradual rollout” basis, which means that it may take up to 15 days for the feature to become visible to you. We don’t have it on our devices yet. It is being rolled out to all personal Google accounts, Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.