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3/3/14
Original Poster
Google user

Instant Extended API Removed from Flags

Thanks all for your feedback on the removal of Instant Extended API. 


The Chrome://flags page differs from other Chrome settings in that they are meant for developers and are not official or a supported part of Chrome.  As stated at the top of the Flags page, “these experimental features may change, break, or disappear at any time. We make absolutely no guarantees about what may happen if you turn one of these experiments on, and your browser may even spontaneously combust.” Because we are constantly adding and removing these flags, you shouldn’t rely on them. They can also contain serious security and usability risks.  


In the case of Instant Extended API, this is based on old code, which is not included in our most recent update. If an interface or option is going to be supported, it will have controls in the normal settings page. There are many extensions that can offer similar solutions to Flags, so please check in the Chrome Web store for alternatives.




Update:

We hear you and realize that some of you were using the Instant Extended API flag for unique use cases after the new tab page (NTP) was introduced in the fall of 2013.  Unfortunately, as many of you know, flags are experimental features that may change, break, or disappear at any time. We believe that such use cases are better supported through extensions, whereas flags are intended for developer use.  Knowing that customizations are what draw many of you to Chrome, we have a library of extensions (including NTP alternatives) in the Chrome Web Store.


As we’ve heard from you here there are some aspects of Chrome that are particularly important to you. Chrome is an open source product, and we offer a Beta and Canary version, where features are released first, and iterated on. These are good channels to monitor upcoming changes, as well as provide ongoing feedback.


Given this thread clearly has savvy users, could some of you try out and recommend available extensions to the rest of the Chrome community here? Here are a few that have been suggested on this thread so far:

Replace New Tab

Awesome New Tab Page 2

Modern New Tab Page (Includes recently closed tabs option)

SPOTS


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All Replies (713)
Google user
2/21/14
Google user
Typical Google, giving zero f***s about the user, rather telling them to screw off and go find an alternative.
ChuckDFW
2/21/14
ChuckDFW
* knows there won't be an 'alternative' in the Chrome Web store so heads off to the Mozilla store *
Jason Hellenthal
2/21/14
Jason Hellenthal
That is BS and I don't mean to hurt your feelings but this answer is complete garbage. Google when they rolled out the instant extended API got a reply from the public as they "DID NOT!" like the change. So there was a flag invented to circumvent this feature. Google's response... remove the flag and force the user to display "Google" upon every new tab page.

Sorry but this is unacceptable in "ANY" form whatsoever and I have no clue who you think you are fooling with you're canned PR response. Old code ? I'm sorry but the Instant Extended API still exists... Removing the option to stop it from being used in a new update is not code that does not play well with what exists. It was a decision to force the user into not turning it off.


Please do come up with some response that actually has value here.
denverchick
2/21/14
denverchick
The issue isn't whether or not the Instant Extended API still exists. The issue is the change to the New Tabs Page (NTP). The Instant Extended API flag allowed users to revert to the greatly preferred "old" version of the NTP. Having the omnibox and extra white space take up a huge amount of the NTP, while the Most Visited Thumbnails are reduced in size to the point where they can't be read, is NOT an improvement. We want the old page back.

If the Instant Extended API is no longer included in your most recent code release, please let us know what setting and/or flag has taken its place so we can use it to go back to the better NTP. If we could find that information in the Chrome Web store, we would not be posting in this forum. 
Jason Hellenthal
2/21/14
Jason Hellenthal
PS: Everyone using your browser is already supporting google by doing so. You could at the very least have the decency and mutual respect to honor a opinion that is not motivated by money and give a more diligent response.
Kittyhawk Contrail
2/21/14
Kittyhawk Contrail
Fuck you guys.
You have a fucking omnibar that already does searches on every goddamn page. Why the fuck do you think you need to shrink the useful tab icons down to minuscule, unreadable shit stains to put your fucking logo on a new tab page? Is this another "innovation" from the same fucking moron who thought that people wanted to be able to be emailed via g+?

DIAF
Going back to FF.
Anras Rune
2/21/14
Anras Rune
there isnt any extensions that fix this problem. Yes, it is a problem. You went to all the trouble to create an integrated search bar for your browser and made, in my opinion, one of the best browsers ever. then you go and wreck it with that stupid design choice. Please either fix this and allow us to revert to the old style if we want too or at least tell us how we can.

If not then I guess I'm going to firefox, shame considering how useful this browser always was. Another example of google giving no shits about its users it seems.
Karin Ghosh
2/21/14
Karin Ghosh
THIS IS BS! Forcing upon us the "new" New Tabs page is ridiculous! Can't you see? No one likes it! 

Even though I've never had Mozilla yet, I'm definitely going to try it now. Extremely disappointed in Google.
Shane Kirk
2/21/14
Shane Kirk
If you don't like it, then use firefox :)

I am too hesitant to try loading an older version of chrome, I don't want to have to fight against updates etc to hold on to a feature that may or may not be supported anymore.

For what it is worth there is an extension in the chrome web app store that allows you to regain some of the functionality of the old new tab page.

Replace-new-tab-page is working great for me at the moment, you can simply set 'chrome://apps' as the URL for new tabs.

The downsides for me using this instead of being able to disable the new new tab page, is that:

 1) I loose screen real estate now because in order to see my book marks on the new tab page I must enable the bookmark bar at all times, whereas I usually only used it on the new tab page, this kind of stinks I really appreciated that little bit of screen real estate I got in chrome

2) The recent tabs is no longer conveniently located at the bottom, it's now accessible from the "hamburger" button.. not that bad just need to retrain myself.


In the meantime I updated firefox and am porting over my bookmarks, extensions etc.

Edward Schrader
2/21/14
Edward Schrader
There is no solution in the store. The new tab page worked great so you gave us an inferior product. Typical logic from the company that owns Youtube. As a company wide policy, you clowns need to get it through your skulls that taking away functionality from us makes us want to leave. Case in point, I've been looking for alternatives to Youtube for years. Now, the way I see it, is a great time to get a better browser. 

Goodbye Chrome! You were a loyal friend, until Google made you just that little bit too inconvenient. I'll miss you.

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Mobey Newby
5/29/14
Mobey Newby
Sarah, this is Mobey.  You sent me a message on Simon's page.  Somehow, everything seems to be working on my computer!  I don't have orange lines, I have the icon of Google back.  I don't  know what group to go to, though.  My g-mail on the left has the  icon of an envelope, but it  says (2) right next to it.  What does that mean?  Also, when I checked my google sync, it says that I have 68 tabs open.  What are tabs and how do  I close these?  Did google fix the orange lines by themselves?  Also, how can I find out if I  have a password or passphrase to the Chrome?  Sorry for all the questions, but I just don't know what group to go to or who to talk  with regarding these issues.  I thank you.  Moe
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