Google has been working on a fresh coat of paint for Chrome, its Chromium-based web browser for the last couple of months. The company has just launched this new design for Google Chrome in the latest version of its Canary release channel. This release channel is separate from the stable release channel that most users use as Canary is meant for people who want to check the latest features that Google is working on as soon as possible. Chromium website pointed out that the Canary builds are updated daily and the builds are not tested or used for stability.
This new version brings the updated version of its Material Design language that is being referred to as “Material Design 2.0” to the web browser along with a more touch-optimized UI (User Interface) than the current UI of Google Chrome. According to a report by XDA Developers, the company has updated a number of products across its portfolio to the new design including Gmail and the upcoming version of Android. According to the report, Francois Beaufort from the Chrome team took to Google Plus to announce the rollout of the new design.
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Beaufort went on to add that “plenty of things have been updated” including the shape of the tabs, single tab mode, suggestion icons in the Omnibox, coloring of the tab strip, alert indicators in the browser, and pinned tabs.
He noted that MacOS users can test the new design out by enabling the “top chrome md” flag in the browser to “Refresh”, and by enabling the “views browser windows” flag. However, Beaufort cautioned that a number of things are “still being actively developed” so it is likely that there may be some bugs creeping around.