Google is developing a built-in price tracking feature for Chrome on Android


The latest version of Chrome on Android has started rolling out a new price tracking feature to alert you to price drops. SmartDroid reports received the new feature in Chrome version 90, although it doesn’t seem to be live for everyone. Once activated, Chrome checks your open tabs for price drops and sends you a notification if one occurs.

It can be a useful piece of functionality for the Android app, which is not compatible with price tracking extensions such as Keep one available for Chrome’s desktop client. But the requirement that you keep a tab open to keep track of prices seems inconvenient. Hopefully, Google will find a leaner solution before the feature rolls out widely.

Once enabled, the feature can be accessed from the settings menu in the tab selection screen.
Screenshot: 9to5Google

The tool promises to let you “see price drops on your tabs”.
Screenshot: 9to5Google

If your version of Chrome has been updated with the feature, you can enable it from the three-dot settings menu in the top-right corner of the tab selection screen, where it is listed as ‘Pricing tracking’. If it doesn’t show up, Android Law enforcement and 9to5Google report that you may be able to enable it manually by going to ‘chrome: // flags / # enable-tab-grid-layout’ in the address bar, tapping the drop-down menu and selecting ‘Enabled price alerts’. Your browser may need to be restarted for the feature to appear. However, the technique doesn’t work for everyone as we couldn’t enable the feature with this method.

The news of Chrome’s pricing feature comes just months after Microsoft’s Edge browser added a price comparison tool, which was soon followed by built-in support for coupons and promo codes. Firefox also tested a price tracking feature in 2018 Price wisely; although it doesn’t seem to have received an official release since then.