Earlier this month, representatives of Google turned off their proprietary Shopping application, replacing it with a web application. And today, on April 21, the developers have implemented a rather useful function in this application – very soon, users of smartphones on the Android operating system will be able to track prices of various goods in online stores in Chrome. At the moment, this function is supplied in the version of Google Chrome v90, and even then only in the format of a hidden feature – the user can access the new tool only by manipulating the application settings.
In order for the user to gain access to this function, enter chrome: // flags / # enabled-tab-grid-layout in the address bar of the browser, and then in the menu that opens, find the item “Enabled Price notifications” and enable this tool. After that, you should restart your browser for the new function to work. However, even after activating price tracking, the user will receive a slightly different tool that, perhaps, many dreamed of – the browser does not know how to track changes in the cost of goods in the background, so the user needs to keep the tabs of the online store with the goods open in the running browser.
Developers from Google have explicitly stated that the new tool tracks the price on the page and informs the user only if the tab is open. And in case the price drops, the user will receive a message in the notification panel. Considering this mechanism of operation, which can hardly be called convenient, the appearance of a similar function in the desktop version of the browser should not be expected. Moreover, at the moment there is no information about the launch of a similar function on iOS, and the full launch of the function for a wide range of users is promised this summer.