Google Chrome is testing a few features that could help you continue researching a topic and compare the page you’re on to other search results. The Journeys feature may provide you with additional ways to keep track of what you look up.
The tool automatically collects pages and information related to the same topic, saving you from manually searching your history or creating a bookmarks folder with all of those sites. Chrome will also make search suggestions to help you with your research.
Because the groups are saved locally and not synced with your Google account, you cannot access them across devices. This could change in the future. You can disable the feature and clear the journey-specific browsing history at any time.
Journeys could be useful if you spend several weeks planning a trip or deciding which car to buy. For the time being, the feature is only available on desktop in the Chrome Canary build.
You can find your Journeys in the history section (or in the address bar, type chrome:/history/journeys).
In addition, Google is testing a search side panel. A G icon will appear next to the Chrome address bar when you click a link after searching for something. If you click it, a side panel will appear with additional search results for that term.
This allows you to compare the current page to other results without having to juggle multiple tabs or navigate back and forth between pages.
For the time being, this feature is being tested with Google Search in the Chrome OS Dev channel. If Google decides to make the tool more widely available, it intends to bring the side panel to more platforms and add support for other default search engines.
These aren’t the only changes that Google has in store for Chrome in the near future. Google Lens will be available in browsers in the coming months.