It is no secret that your Chromebook’s app launcher might use a severe person expertise overhaul. As it’s at the moment, Chrome OS is devoid of any technique of sorting your apps, that means all rearrangement of your apps must be carried out by hand, and it creates new pages in the launcher seemingly at random. The top result’s an unusable mess, making it irritating to seek out your necessary apps until you use the search bar. After years of neglecting person suggestions, it appears Google is finally doing one thing about it.

We have been monitoring Google’s efforts to enhance the app drawer expertise on your Chromebook, together with a totally redesigned launcher that is way more mouse-friendly. Whereas it is a welcome change, it did not repair the launcher’s lackluster app sorting concern that made it infuriating to make use of. That would all change, due to a work-in-progress commit first noticed by 9to5Google over at the Chromium repository, which will add a brand new Chrome flag to modify on app sorting.

App sorting in the launcher is finally in the works.

Details about how Google will implement app sorting is sparse, so we do not know any specifics on the way it’ll work as soon as it is applied. We predict (or possibly simply hope) that it will permit individuals to sort their apps alphabetically, just like the launcher discovered on Pixels, nevertheless it might additionally sort apps by their class. It will be out there in a subsequent Chrome OS canary replace, which we won’t wait to check out.

Personally, I am unable to imagine Google ready this lengthy to implement app sorting. The damaged launcher expertise has been an issue for years, and regardless of heaps of suggestions asking to incorporate a sane technique of sorting apps (together with a terrific article written by ChromeUnboxed), Google merely ignored it. I am comfortable Google is finally doing one thing, however this could’ve truthfully come approach sooner.

And that is the place the underlying downside is: there are nonetheless severe bugs and kinks in Chrome OS which have been round for years regardless of fixed experiences despatched out by customers. Points like janky multitasking in pill mode and lack of system UI polish (the place’s the easy calendar widget, Google?) actually detract from the person expertise, which Google appears to haven’t any curiosity in fixing. The stagnated improvement isn’t an excellent search for new customers who plan on utilizing Chrome OS long-term.

Time will inform when Google will add app sorting to Chrome OS. If carried out competently, it might finally put a severe usability concern to relaxation — I simply hope it will come quickly relatively than later.