Now that Google has released its own touchscreen Chromebook Pixel and a range of Windows 8 machines, the need for Chrome to have touch features has increased.

It would appear that Google have been preparing a number of touch-friendy features for its Chrome browser, after the latest nightly Canary build has added a new slide-to-navigate feature. It lets you swipe left or right to go backwards and forwards on web pages; in fact, it is almost identical to the same feature that can be found on Internet Explorer on Windows 8.

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Google also seems to be trying pinch-to-zoom, which is available through the “enable pinch scale” option in the Chrome Canary flags. You are able to zoom in and out on websites using your fingers. On Windows 8, Google also supports the onscreen keyboard fully in the desktop version by displaying it hen you tap the address bar or text boxes.

It is hoped that these new features, although not major, will make it alot easier to use Chrome on modern hardware.

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SOURCE: http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/5/4589792/google-chrome-touch-friendly-features-options