Chrome 69 Will Finally Bring Material Design Refresh to Everyone

Posted on August 22, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Google with 10 Comments

While we’ve been able to enable the Material Design Refresh in Chrome for months, this new interface will become the default in early September, Google says.

“Chrome will have a new design across all operating systems,” a Google support note explains. “Highlights include Microsoft Windows 10 [Action Center] integration, touchpad gesture navigation on Windows, and autofill updates.”

Google’s note undersells the change. In addition to those native Windows features, the next version of Chrome—called Chrome 69—will be the first to substantially update the browser user interface. It will feature curved user interface elements, like tabs, replacing the previous boxy look, as part of what Google calls its Material Design Refresh (previously Material Design 2).

Chrome 69 will also bring other much-needed changes, including the depreciation of Adobe Flash plug-ins, which Google has been working on for years.

“Starting with Chrome 69, every time users restart Chrome Browser, they will have to grant permission for sites to use Flash,” Google explains. In the past, users only had to enable Flash on a website once.

And Chrome OS 69 adds further functionality, including an improved Files app with support for Google Play apps, Night Light support, and more.

Chrome 69 is currently scheduled for release on September 4, with Chrome OS 69 following a week later, on September 11.


Tagged with , , ,

Join the discussion!


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Comments (10)

10 responses to “Chrome 69 Will Finally Bring Material Design Refresh to Everyone”

  1. nicholas_kathrein

    Nice. Chrome can use a visual update.

  2. Oasis

    I only use Chrome except as a backup. But this is less sharp and boxy. I like the change.

  3. VancouverNinja

    A step backwards in the interface design. Not a fan at all; Edge is still a better browser and now it has a way better interface.

  4. navarac

    Got to say I don't care. I look at content not the "box" it comes in. Much the same goes for an OS as well, I suppose.

  5. tkhumush

    It is weird to have the The new tab + sign on the far left side.

  6. Fuller1754

    In the new interface, when hovering over background tabs, the mouse cursor has a slight diffused glow around it very similar to the "reveal" effect of Fluent Design. Interesting. More importantly, though, the touchpad gesture support is a big deal. The two finger swipe to go back is one of my favorite things about Edge. I'm happy about this, not because I'll be using Chrome much, naturally, but because I use some Chromium browsers like Brave core (still in pre-release), which now has this feature, too.