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Video: Browser Quick Controls Get a Makeover in Jelly Bean

Remember browser Quick Controls in both Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich? They are still alive in Jelly Bean, but they have been tweaked to be much more advanced with more functionality. To enable, you need to go into Settings>Labs and then check the box for “Quick Controls.” Once activated, you can access them by swiping from either the left or right edge of the display and they will appear. From there, you can hover over each option to get to more options, something that wasn’t there in the past. You can basically control every single aspect of your browser through these now. 


Cheers Artur!

  • Rippy

    Downloading now. Norwalk, CT

  • Bunklung

    Does 4.1 stock browser also offer full screen in the labs sections of the settings menu? I dig full screen and Chrome browser for Android does not offer this, but a least the stock browser does.

  • Greyhame

    Now please implement these features into Chrome, make it the stock browser, and let the awesomeness ensue.

  • Greig Fields

    See, the one thing that you all are forgetting about putting quick controls in chrome is the tab switching. The gesture that is currently used for tab switching and the gesture used for quick controls (swiping in from the edge of the screen) are the same, so for google to put one in, they have to get rid of the other (unless they think of another gesture for quick controls)

  • That same like my Motorola Xoom Verizon Wireless stock browser when fist time release.

  • quick controls are great but they sometimes don’t allow you to click buttons on the edge of the screen without multiple tries.

  • tyguy829

    So why cant they just put quick controls in chrome? Thats honestly the only thing it’s missing! “oh sorry we were busy making it for iphone and ipad” Come on google…

  • Jake


    • Liderc

      but they’re so relevant!

  • will

    So you can now lock in desktop mode all of the time?!!?!?!?!?!? Or will I be forced to Browser + again to get that lock in?!?!

    • will

      PS. I want my flash support going forward as well!

  • These are so sick…. like terminally ill.
    That’s my contribution to this discussion.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Quick Controls should be MANDATORY in any and all browsers made for Android. Period.

  • nightscout13

    I like 🙂

  • T4rd

    I think it’s kind of weird that Google has developed two different browsers for the Gnex and they’re both pretty different. I’m sticking with stock browser though because it’s still slightly smoother than Chrome and for Flash support (which I actually use somewhat often).

  • MrSteve920

    Google, why you no put this into Chrome!??

  • David Elisha

    Maybe other extras in other stock apps that we don’t know about?

  • Those are nice, but they don’t need to be in Chrome. Chrome’s setup is much better than the stock browser was in the first place.

    • Stock Browser FTW

      Chrome lack in pinch and zoom doesn’t reflow the page making painful to use, doesn’t have full browser and no quick control. Uninstalled

      • Chrome DOES have pinch/zoom… page shows beautifully on my gnex..always… and a really small url bar with easy access to url/bookmarks/menu is a non-issue.

        What phone do you have?

        • Stock Broser FTW

          Bionic and Thunderbolt , yes does pinch and zoom, but it do not re flow properly as stock ics does.

        • Stock Brower FTW

          Bionic and Nexus both running ICS browser, and Yes Chrome have Pinch/Zoom but the pages doesn’t re-flow properly as ISC Stock browser.

          • r0lct

            But they do…

      • Droosh

        The biggest omission IMO is the lack of color inversion.

  • Ryan Powell

    Why isn’t this available in Chrome?

    • r0lct

      Because they want you in the omni box, that’s where the Chrome experience begins and ends across all the platforms Chrome runs on. They want the user experince to be consistent.

      If you get comfortable with Chrome and the omni box you can get to your history/favs just as fast as quick controls. For tabs you have two options that are fast. Menu button is also easily accessible. My phone already had a back button, no need to hit an extra gesture to go back.

      Would I want them on Chrome? I guess, but I know I don’t miss them much either.

      • Ryan Powell

        Good point. I love Chrome and wouldn’t switch back to the stock browser just for quick controls so I guess I’ll never know if it’s something I’m missing out on. All of this business with the Nexus 7 using Chrome as the stock browser but not for Jelly Bean on the Gnex is a real head scratcher to me.

        • r0lct

          I don’t get the inconsistency either.

          However with them pitching unified experience across platforms with this specific device that’s only achievable with Chrome. So they probably don’t want regular users getting confused and using Browser then wondering why they can’t do any of the stuff from the commercials.

        • I believe it’s the stock browser for the Nexus 7, not for JB. There’s still a separate browser there. Plus, Android’s browser is open source. Chrome, though based on open source, is not.

  • JamesU513

    I’m having a really bad day.(unrelated) .. too bad chrome doesn’t have these

  • Has there been any announcements about chrome getting this feature?

  • teleclimber

    So wait, this means Chrome is not the stock browser on JB? It’s only the stock browser on Nexus 7?

    • Yep. 🙂

      • Devilsephiroth

        Oh snap kellex! Found easter egg in about phone , long press 4.1 and woot woot !

        • Droid4LifeDawg

          Tap 4.1 four times fast, A Jelly Bean comes up, Tap that and He Smiles, Long Press the Smiling Jelly Bean and he multiplies…

      • feztheforeigner

        So there will no longer be flash support in Android? (Without downloading another browser ala dolphin or similar)

    • zepfloyd

      Correct. Because Chrome is branch of the Chromium Project, not AOSP. Google has released most of Chromium as open source but not all, so it can’t be directly licensed as such under AOSP. Think of it as just another Gapp like Maps or Gmail. However pertinent to conversations and comments elsewhere, it appears Google is moving in the direction of getting it inline to replace the stock browser eventually.

      • michael arazan

        TY ZEP, I didn’t know this.

    • r0lct

      With there being no Flash support in 4.1/JB there’s not going to be much reason to stick with it over Chrome.

  • It’s still not as full featured as the Quick controls in Honeycomb or in ICS Browser +. It’s these Quick controls that keep me using browser and not Chrome! (that and full screen)