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.