Google Starts Testing Chrome’s Material Design Refresh in Canary

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 12 Comments

Google is getting closer to bringing a huge re-design to Chrome on the desktop. The company has already re-designed parts of the browser to include its Material Design, and now, it’s getting ready to update the browser UI. Today, the company rolled out a new update to Chrome Canary on Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS that enables the new Material Design Browser UI by default.

The new browser UI on Windows can be seen above, and it includes anew Material Design address bar, as well as the tweaked tab shape and tab colours. It’s an interesting set of changes that will definitely require users some getting used to. “Plenty of things have been updated for the better in my opinion: tab shape, single tab mode, omnibox suggestion icons, tab strip coloring, pinned tabs, and alert indicators,” said a Google evangelist said, announcing the new update. The new update is yet to be enabled by default on macOS, but XDA Developers reports that the new design can be enabled with an experimental flag on Apple’s Mac devices.

Google Chrome’s design has remained almost the same for a long time, and it’s nice to see some changes coming to the browser. The new browser UI is, however, quite a significant change from the current browser UI — so it will be interesting to see how users react once the design is rolled out to everyone. Needless to say, Google will likely roll the update out slowly to test the waters and adapt the design based on feedback from users.

You can check it out by downloading Chrome Canary here. 

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