The newest builds of Chromium are coming with a different looking new tab page. This change comes after earlier this week a newer touch-capable version started to appear in the open source version of Chrome. Here is the look of the new tab page in the most recent builds.
I would have to say that I like this newer version better. It appears to have a cleaner look and makes the icons stand out more. One thing I have noticed is that in the newer version the names are removed from the app icons which may lend to its apparent simplicity.
These changes have to make one start to wonder where Chrome OS fits in with the Android ecosystem. TheStreet’s Anton Wahlman just posted a great article about the fact that Chrome OS could be a way for Google to escape the problems it has had with carriers adding their own software on smartphone devices. Many have complained that Android on some of these phones can be slow or glitchy.
With Chrome as a platform browser on a phone, Google might be able to circumvent that to some degree. It’s an interesting argument because while that may be true, many webapps are not designed for small screens that phones have. Android’s Honeycomb version for tablets was supposed to fix this, but from the reviews I have read about Android tablets the results have been mixed.
Which version of Chromium’s new tab page do you like? Do you think we’ll see touch devices using Chrome/Chrome OS?