27 July 2020
Google seems to be working on some sort of streaming services hub for the Chrome browser. It is currently called Kaleidoscope and is strictly meant for internal testing purposes. The new feature was first spotted by Chrome Story folks who could not get it to work despite various attempts.
Kaleidoscope feature is not available on the stable Chrome yet and can only be accessed via Chrome Canary. The latter is a developer version where the team ships out all new features as part of the testing process. It can be accessed by visiting chrome://kaleidoscope/ on the browser but as it is non-functional, it will not do anything.
Instead, it shows a message that reads: “Chrome Kaleidoscope is not currently available for your account. If you are a Googler check out go/kaleidoscope-not-available for more information.” The report mentions that they were able to access two new pages for a brief period of time. It showed logos for three streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar. The last one is an India-specific streaming service.
This suggests that Kaleidoscope will essentially allow users to watch content from different streaming services from a single place. It is likely to avoid the need for visiting each service individually. This is only a guess at the moment and we will have to wait for future builds to see if it works this way or something different.