Chrome is ending its struggle on tackle bar URLs—not less than for now. A few 12 months in the past, Chrome began experimenting with stripping down the URL proven within the tackle bar to solely the area identify, so as a substitute of one thing like “https://arstechnica.com/devices/2020/06/google-is-messing-with-the-address-bar-again-new-experiment-hides-url-path/,” the tackle bar would present solely “arstechnica.com,” and you’d do not know the place you might be within the website listing.
Android Police noticed a put up on the Chromium bug tracker saying that Google is killing the concept. Again in June 2020 when the experiment was kicking off, Google engineer Emily Stark defined that the corporate was experimenting with a simplified URL show “to know if it helps customers determine malicious web sites extra precisely.” It is a 12 months later, and now Stark writes that the “simplified area experiment” shall be deleted from the codebase, saying, “This experiment did not transfer related safety metrics, so we’re not going to launch it. :(“
Apple’s Safari browser additionally hides URLs like this.
The Chrome workforce is not afraid of blowing up current net requirements and has publicly declared it desires to kill the URL—it simply hasn’t found out how but. This was simply the newest of a number of loopy experiments, so do not be shocked if Google comes on your URLs once more.
Right this moment, Chrome solely hides the “https://” initially of the URL, however you may decide out of that on desktops by right-clicking on the tackle bar and checking “at all times present full URLs.”
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