Google is injecting some of the intelligence from its Google Now service into Chrome. Now when you fire up the new tab page in Chrome dev 54, you’ll see a list of recommended news articles and a section for recent bookmarks.
Just as with Google Now, you can scroll down the page and glance at other recommended articles that are based on your browsing or search history and any customizations you’ve made with Google News.
The feature popped up for me once I updated and launched Chrome Dev. There’s clearly a spot intended to showcase your most recent bookmarks, though that was empty for me even though I had just added a few sites on the desktop.
If for some reason you don’t see this, then type chrome://flags into the omnibar. Then look for the item labeled “Show content snippets on the New Tab Page.” Switch this from default to enabled, relaunch Chrome, and you should see the new Google Now feature. While you’re at it, there are plenty of other flags and ways to soup up Chrome.
Finally, make sure you have Chrome dev version 54 from the Google Play Store to enable this feature.
The impact on you: The dev channel is Google’s more experimental version of Chrome, so these features will likely change before they make it to the stable build. Of course they may also disappear entirely, but that’s the idea behind three different Chrome channels (standard, beta, and dev). You can play around with the latest and greatest in dev or beta, but stick with the stable build when you need reliable browsing.