Over the past couple of years, we have seen the rise of Windows laptops and convertibles with touchscreen displays, and the Google Pixelbook that runs on Chrome OS, and features a touchscreen. And with that, it makes sense for the world’s most popular and widely used web browser, Google Chrome, to become friendlier to use with fingers and styluses.
Google has released the touch-friendly version of Google Chrome, but it is an early, buggy version in the Canary channel, and aimed at developers. The build features circular new tab button and rounded address bar, among other visual interface elements. And according to a report on XDA Developers, Google is looking to give Chrome a bigger visual overhaul. Called Material Design 2, the new look for the browser is expected to debut on September 2, which will also mark the 10th birthday of Google Chrome browser.
Back in February, a Chromium commit hinted that Google was working on Material Design 2, which would be a part of Chrome interface revamp. While the commit was made private after it was pointed out, it has now been reopened and the mentions of “material design 2” have been replaced with “touch optimized” UI changes.
XDA has pointed out that while the comment on the commit has been changed, touch-optimized Chrome isn’t about Material Design 2. The Material Design 2 is “still being designed and won’t look like this in any case. They’re not in the Chrome Birthday deck with the full-scale MD2 design,” XDA report said.
For those who want to take get an early hands-on the new interface, can download the Chrome Canary build on a Windows PC and enable it from flags. In the address bar, simply paste this — chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md – and hit enter.
On the first result, “UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome” switch to “touch” and relaunch chrome. However, these the changes only result on a Windows desktop or laptop, whereas on Mac, the UI remains unchanged, 9To5Mac reports.