This isn’t the first time Google is trying to help us read web content. We have seen ‘distilled’ versions of web pages on desktop and Android. This feature was called Reader Mode.
So, what’s new?
The main change is the integration with the sidebar. Looking at the early versions of this feature, we can read a cleaned-up version of web pages (no ads, and other features, simple text and images view) on the sidebar.
Before I show you that, here is the flag that enables the feature:
Read Anything: Enables the Read Anything feature which generates a reader-friendly view of web pages. Open the side panel and select Read Anything to try the feature.
There is one more related flag:
Read Anything with Screen2x: Have Read Anything use a local machine learning model for web page distillation.
Now, here is an early look at this feature.
The feature isn’t fully functional; hence, we do not know how users will add pages to the reader. Stay tuned to Chrome Story for more updates on this.
We will have a short demo video on our YouTube channel as well soon.
Source: Chromium Gerrit.