Chrome showing Google Photos memories directly on New Tab page

Chrome showing Google Photos memories directly on New Tab page

Lately, Google has been working to add more features to Chrome’s new tab page and the latest example is the Google Photos integration.

Below the Google logo, search field, a 4×2 grid of page favicons, some users are seeing a “From Your Google Photos” promo card:

See memories of your favorite people and more

Start exploring your Google Photos memories whenever you’re signed in.

“View memories” will activate this integration and show three memories. As at the top of Google Photos, they rotate and differ by user. I’m seeing “Similar Photos” and memories from several years ago.

One tap opens Google Photos in full screen memory viewer, while the New Tab page card refreshes to show a different one.

The floating menu in the upper right corner allows you to quickly remove this card and access settings. Open “Customize this page” and visit the “Cards” section. There is also background, shortcuts and color and theme. Presumably it switches positions with the unified purchase item as relevant.

We’re seeing this Google Photos integration in the latest ChromeOS beta release (version 104), but it’s not widely released in the Chrome Browser stable channel. The following flag will allow you to enable it in advance:

chrome://flags/#ntp-photos-module

9to5Opinion by Google

If Google wants to make NTP a better landing page (remember iGoogle?), a visual overhaul to reduce scrolling would be beneficial. As it stands, the company logo takes up a lot of space, while the search field continues to look useless given the Omnibox (address bar). Everything must fit on one screen and be highly viewable. It’s also surprising that Google Discover never appeared on the desktop web.

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