First off the newly added tab tooltip (the box that appears when you hover over a tab) is counterproductive and would become unnecessary with better design. I understand that it’s been added as a simple way for users to separate tabs if they’ve got multiple tabs open. Because currently multiple tabs in Brave means clutter. This is because each tab shrinks in size until the header is unreadable and the tab is almost unclickable. The design itself isn’t lacking features. It’s the core design that’s already there that is to blame. We don’t add features to repair something that is broken at the core. That only adds even more clutter. The tooltip is one more box I have to open and read in order to navigate the browser. There is a better solution than this. Firefox has it.
Firefox never makes tabs so small that they’re unreadable. Instead it adds tabs in a list one after another instead. A list that one can move back and forth in by clicking buttons on each side of the tabs, or by using the CTRL + TAB and CTRL + SHIFT + TAB quick commands (I’ll refer to these commands as “Tab Switching” from now on). Displaying the Favicon and 6-8 letters minimum should suffice to keep readability. This design accomplishes several things all at once:
The most important piece of information, the Favicon and the first 6-8 letters in a tab header, is always displayed. Users will be able to tell which tab it is using. This makes the tab tooltip unnecessary.
The clutter disappears completely because tabs barely change size and remain readable.
A “power user” like myself that loves Tab Switching can tell ahead of time when I want to stop Tab Switching (since I can still see most of the tab header). This allows me to switch tabs without having to hover my mouse over each tab.
Instead of the design making me feel like I need to limit my usage of tabs in the Brave browser (because if I have too many the design breaks) the Firefox list never encounters this issue. I can create tab after tab and the only limit comes from my PC, as it should be.
That’s why I think Brave would become a better browser with this feature added.