- Chrome for Android: Transparent nav bar (Canary build).
- Android 14 Beta 1: Transparent nav bar system-wide.
- Chrome update: Home/web pages transparent nav bar.
Google recently made an exciting development with its Chrome browser on Android. They have introduced a new feature that allows for a transparent navigation bar. This feature has been highly requested by Google users in the past. In the latest Chrome Canary build, a flag called “DrawEdgeToEdge” has been discovered. Enabling this flag makes the Android navigation gesture bar transparent, fulfilling the users’ requests.
The navigation bar on Android has been evolving over time, gaining the ability to change colors to match the app or even go completely transparent. However, some apps still do not support an edge-to-edge display, resulting in a black space on the navigation bar.
In Android 14 Beta 1, a developer option was introduced, which enables a transparent navigation bar throughout the entire system, ensuring consistency across all apps. This option allows the navigation bar to match the color of the app.
The recent update to Google Chrome is likely a part of this overall improvement. It seems that the update primarily affects the home and web pages, while the Settings and Bookmarks pages remain unchanged. Unfortunately, there may be some unintended issues, such as overlapping of the gesture pill on websites with a bottom navigation bar and the top bar overlapping with the status bar.
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