Google Chrome Test Build Briefly Gets Touch Controls
Recently The Verge discovered that the recent nightly Canary build of the Chrome browser had an interesting new feature -- slide-to-navigate. Users who have touch-enabled devices like smartphones or tablets should be familiar with this feature. Essentially, this feature on the Chrome browser allows users to swipe-to-navigate between web pages. According to The Verge, this feature is also found in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.
Besides slide-to-navigate, there's also the familiar pinch-to-zoom function found on all modern smartphones and tablets, but it was more experimental. The Verge also pointed out that the Windows 8 onscreen keyboard is supported by the experimental build of the Chrome browser.
Unfortunately, the touch features have been removed since its existence was reported on, but you can be sure they will make a comeback soon (later in the year?). That's because a touch-friendly Chrome browser would fit right into Windows 8, which is built for a better touch experience. Most Windows 8 notebooks come with touch displays as well, which users can use to benefit from a touch-friendly Chrome browser. Even Google's own flagship Chromebook Pixel has a touch display, and would definitely benefit from having touch features in Chrome.
Source: The Verge