The hardware design version of Chrome does something a little unusual with the tab selector; it connects the tab selector to the application selector. To switch to another tab, you need to press the app switch button and it will show all open Chrome tabs in addition to all open apps. You browse them in the same way as in open applications and tap the tab you want to switch to. There’s nothing wrong with this approach if you can get in the habit of using it, but I’m still looking for the old tab selector. Fortunately, Chrome has a very easy way to get the old tab selector back.

You can see what the old (left) and new (right) tab selectors look like. The new tab selector doesn’t look bad, but the old habits die hard and sometimes they don’t die at all even if you hit them with a baseball bat.

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To restore your old viewer, go to Chrome and press the Add button. Go to Settings, where you’ll see Connect tabs and apps in the Basic section. Tap it and turn off the option (enabled by default). A confirmation message appears asking if you really want to separate the tab switcher from the application switcher.

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It looks like Chrome will restart and restore your old session back to where you left off. The old tab selector reappears next to the URL bar, and when you tap it, you can access open tabs while you’re still in the Chrome app. Why Chrome, or rather Google, has chosen this path is hard to say. Perhaps they thought Android users would appreciate the browser’s deeper integration with the operating system. I also noticed that with the new tab selector, thumbnails, or rather snapshots of web pages, were not saved properly (or at all), which made switching tabs much less convenient, d “if you need to use the old switching method.

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