Google Chrome new design launches on its Canary Channel

Google Chrome is not updated that frequently. The biggest update for Chrome was way back in 2008, i.e. literally a decade back.
But there’s good news for all Chrome lovers. Ever since the Google I/O, there have been many new interesting updates. And the most fascinating one is Chrome’s new Canary Build which has been worked upon since April.

More Details on the Announcement related to Google Chrome –

The new features and all the details was first noticed by a Google+ user, who goes by the name – François Beaufort. He describes himself as the ‘Chromium Evangelist’.

The announcement was made on the 10th of July, 2018. Beaufort had announced the following on his Google+ page –

“Browser UI for Chrome OS, Linux, and Windows just got a Material design mode refresh in Canary 🐤 channel.

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.

MacOS users can set experimental flags chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md to “Refresh” and enable chrome://flags/#views-browser-windows to try it out now.

Note that it’s still being actively developed and that you may stumble upon bugs.


What are the various new features?

As mentioned by Beaufort, there are various new changes in this Material Design 2.0 UI for Chrome. Here are few of the noticed changes –

  • The tabs are neatly separated with small break lines instead of the rounded rectangles.
  • Spacing has increased between the 3 icons at the top left corner – Back & Forward arrows along with Refresh button. This makes it very comfortable for mobile users.
  • Single tab mode and pinned tabs.
  • Suggestion icons in the Omnibox.
  • Coloring of the tab strip alert indicators in the browser.
  • Once you start typing, users will see a floating window instead of a drop-down menu.
  • The profile button is now next to the Omnibox and shows the user profile image.
  • The entire design gives a simple and organised look.

Is it available for all?

Yes, it is indeed available for all. It could be tried out by clicking here and downloading it. But as a matter of fact, these new features are the current default theme for Windows, Chrome OS and Linux. Also, for Mac users, as mentioned earlier, you would have to enable it manually.

It must be noted that this involves small tweaks to the omnibar or the pinned tabs or with the coloring, or any other feature. This is because the builds are continuously being updated.
This is also mentioned on the Canary channel, saying – “Be warned: Canary can be unstable”.

Hence, it is purely your risk. Or you could wait for few days for it to be released officially. After all, it sure seems like Google would launch it soon.


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