Chrome’s experimental “Travel” feature groups recent browsing history by subject for easier search

In the works: Google on Friday announced that it is working on two features that will help people navigate websites when they search. The first is called “Trips” and the second is a side panel for search results.

Journeys is a tool that collects all recently visited web pages related to the same topic. For example, you might have been trying to find a trick to land a next-gen console or GPU before the scalpers buy them all. You can visit dozens of pages in a matter of minutes or days. Journeys will bring all of this research together in one place so you don’t have to go through your browsing history trying to find the nugget you saw and wanted to revisit.

Users can turn the feature on and off whenever they want and can clear browsing history from Chrome settings or by typing “clear browsing data” in the address bar. It’s also granular enough to remove trips related to a specific topic without touching the rest of the history. All assembly is done on the device. Currently, Chrome does not store Journeys data on your Google Account or its servers. However, he noted that he can add cross-device functionality if that’s what users want.

The second feature is a sidebar in Chrome that will show results related to an actively searched topic. For example, when searching for an Italian restaurant, users might want to look at a restaurant’s menu on their website. When the sidebar is enabled, search results are displayed on the left side of the browser, so users don’t have to go back or re-enter a query. To open or close the feature, just click on the G icon to the left of the address bar.

Both features are experimental, so we may never see a final release. In the meantime, Google is announcing that Journeys will be rolled out with the next Chrome Canary desktop version. The search results sidebar is currently being tested on the Chrome OS Dev channel.


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