In an ideal world, all Android apps would use Custom Tabs via the in-app browser (WebViews). Google now makes it clearer when you “run” Chrome Custom Tab (CCT).
With Chrome 104 or earlier, you’ll see “Powered by Chrome” at the bottom of the three-dot overflow menu. Version 105 of the Google browser launched a new “Running in Chrome” text for Custom Tabs accompanied by a logo. (The final element is the colorful icons and the monochrome version will help make it less distracting.)
It shows up in all apps that use Chrome’s Custom Tabs, and is somewhat more user-friendly and clear than the previous description.
Google recommends developer uses Custom Tab if “app redirects people to outside URL” [their] domains.” Apps can customize the toolbar with their own buttons and menu items, while providing “support for the same web platform features and capabilities as a browser.” One of the biggest advantages is how users stay logged into the same site so they don’t have to. do it again.
Major third-party apps from Twitter to Slack use Custom Tabs on Android, while Instagram is a pretty bad place to be. For a while, the Google app for Search results and Discover feeds was experiment with its own default browser, but seems to have been deprecated. Hope it doesn’t come back.
Chrome 105 is not much launched earlier this week.
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