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Google might soon overhaul Chrome’s design and shift to “Material Design,” which is widely used in the company’s other offerings. The news comes from François Beaufort, who works as an open-source Chromium evangelist. Beaufort says that the browser UI has been refreshed with the Material design for Chrome OS, Linux and Windows. For Chrome Canary, one can download the new Canary build here, but as it is an experimental early-release version of Chrome and under active development, some bugs are always expected.
With the new revamped design, Chrome gets a new address bar. The tab shapes and colours have been changed as well. Beaufort also reveals that some new changes have come to Omnibox suggestion icons, tab strip colouring, pinned tabs and alert indicators. MacOS users can set experimental flags “chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md” to ‘Refresh’ and enable “chrome://flags/#views-browser-windows” to try the new look. The new redesign for Chrome was long overdue and looks more in-line with Google’s new services now.
Alongside Google Chrome for desktop, the company could also overhaul the design for the browser on Android. The latest Android P beta build uses a horizontal app switcher. In the latest build is an animation change within the Google Chrome browser, which appears to include a similar tab switching animation. The new tab switcher design could be implemented with Android and is expected to go well with the new gesture-based controls that Google is expected to roll out with the new version of Android. The new design can be experienced by downloading the Chrome Canary app from the Play Store. One will need to type chrome://flags in the address bar and tick the #enable-horizontal-tab-switcher to try out the new animations.