Google Chrome on Android begins work on a transparent navigation bar

In one of the latest Chrome Canary builds, there is a new “DrawEdgeToEdge” flag, whose description says, “Enables the Android feature Edge-to-Edge to draw below the Nav Bar“. After enabling this flag, the Android navigation gesture bar finally becomes transparent, as many users have requested.

But as stated in the corresponding commit on Chromium Gerrit, this is a basic implementation that is not a suite for launch but fine for a Dev demo.

From personal observations, I can say that transparency only affects the home and web pages, while the settings, bookmarks, etc. are still unchanged. It is also accompanied by unintentional gesture pill overlaps on sites with bottom navigation bars, and the top bars are overlapped by the status bar by the height of the navbar.

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