Chrome 39 Adds Support for Theme-Color on Android Lollipop
Over the past week, we’ve seen quite a few devices receive unofficial (and semi-sorta-kinda-official) ports of Android 5.0 Lollipop. There’s undoubtedly much to love in this latest version of Android, but one particular feature that hasn’t gotten enough attention is the new way in which browser tabs are handled in Chrome.
Rather than simply being available for switching via the tab switcher UI, tabs are now visible in the multitasking menu alongside full Android apps. Not only does this add a level of convenience to browsing on Android, but it also potentially highlights one possible future where Chrome is even more highly integrated (or perhaps merged) into the platform and where Chrome’s webapps can live like first class citizens alongside traditional local apps.
Now with Chrome 39, Google has added a new feature to the popular browser that provisions for a theme-color tag that can be added to your webpage’s header. Any CSS-compatible color works, and once there, this changes the color of the multitasking menu title bar. Moreover, doing so also changes the color of that tab’s URL/Omnibar.
Are you a fan of this colorful addition or are you afraid that this may be abused with annoying colors on certain websites? What do you think about the potential of tighter Android-Chrome integration? Let us know in the comments below.