Chrome OS provides the w / ‘ghost’ icon in a tweaked application drawer

Google has maintained a very simple homescreen for its Chrome OS platform from the beginning, but gradually it has improved with small tweets here or there. Now, in version 85, Chrome OS is preparing a tweaked app drawer that has smooth animations and, overall, just the necessary usable updates. Here’s a quick look.

As first identified by Reddit users, Chrome OS v85 has a small tweak in the app drawer that makes a big difference in usability. In particular, this change puts a “ghost” shadow behind the icon you’re running. Thanks to that, moving icons around the homescreen feels smoother and more accurate. Before, it was really easy to accidentally drop an application into a folder instead of accidentally moving it to a new location.

For now, though, this change is only live behind a few flags. You need to enable “App-Paging” and “Grid-Ghost” by diving into the settings. The change is also only live on Dev Channel.

Chrome: // flag / # enabled-launcher-app-paging

Chrome: // flag / # enabled-app-grid-ghost

Hopefully, this is the first of many improvements to the homescreen of Chrome OS. An alphabetical pick button would be great, as would an Android-style homescreen for tablet mode.

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