Google Chrome’s incognito mode is meant to make more suspicious (insert Lenny face here) browsing history invisible at your beck and call. However, Google hadn’t previously made incognito mode on Android disable keyboard suggestions. To alleviate this, browsing in incognito on Chrome Dev with a device running Android 8.0 will now make the incognito fedora and glasses appear on your keyboard, and Gboard won’t remember unique words that you type.
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The trademark incognito graphic currently only pops up on Android 8.0 O DP3 in a Chrome Dev incognito tab. After quite a bit of testing, we concluded that previous versions of Android and the regular Chrome app in incognito did suggest words based on what you’ve typed, but we couldn’t get anything typed in Chrome Dev with incognito to stick on O. However, we’re not seeing anything in Gboard’s settings, despite an ‘incognito mode’ string being found in one of our teardowns from April.
It’s important to keep in mind that this feature hasn’t yet been finalized; after all, this is still a developer preview, and it’s only showing up in Chrome Dev. We wouldn’t be surprised to see more details on this pop up as the official launch date of Android 8.0 approaches. We’ll keep you guys posted on whatever this materializes into.