Google begin testing variations of Chrome's New Tab page (NTP) in which a user's default search provider will be able to add a search box or otherwise customize the NTP.
Google begun the test on December 12, with a small set of users on Dev channel on Windows and Chrome OS, "who have Google selected as their search provider," will now begin seeing variations of the new experience. Mac will be coming soon.
The goal is to save people time by helping them search and navigate the web faster.
"While you can search straight from the omnibox in Chrome, we've found that many people still navigate to their search engine's home page to initiate a search instead. We'll also allow search engines to display the user's search terms right in the omnibox, which avoids the need for a second search box on the results page," Google wrote.
"This new capability, along with other ways to improve search suggestions, are exposed in a new Embedded Search API, an extension of the existing SearchBox API," google added.
Search engines can implement any part of the specification if they'd like their users to experience a customized variation of the NTP experience.
In other Google news, the company is adding a new "security notifications" settings page to Google Accounts, and should be available under the "security" tab of the Account Settings page.
"Google notifies you via email and/or text message when your password is changed, and when we detect a suspicious attempt to sign in to your account. If you receive a notification about a password change you didn't make, or an attempt to sign in to your account that wasn't you, these email and text message notifications will provide details on next steps to help you secure your account," informs Google.
Also, the Account Settings page now has a new user interface that shows information about your account activity, a large photo from your profile, and Google Drive storage data.