Google recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Chrome by giving the web browser a huge overhaul, both in terms design as well as functionality. While the desktop version already seems to have gotten the update, dubbed as Chrome 69, Google has now started rolling out the update for Android smartphones as well.
Google seems to be bringing in the same design changes to the Chrome app on Android as it has on the desktop. The app now features circular elements, which includes the Google search bar and the icons displayed underneath it. The news stories that mentioned underneath it also appear in rectangular boxes that have round edges. Even the address bar now has circular edges on both sides.
When searching for websites, the dropdown drawer for suggestion now takes over the entire screen. The grey background on the homepage has also been replaced with white to offer a much cleaner look. The white background can also be seen when switching between tabs, which earlier showcased a darker color.
With the new update Google has also brought in support for notch cutouts on displays, as more number of smartphones have started coming with them. The new update allows, developers to use the additional space next to the notch to show secondary content that could be an extension of the original content being displayed on the screen. A good example of this is using the space for carrying media controls for a video that is playing on the screen.
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Other small-time features that are available on the desktop version are included here as well. This includes quick search results that show-up in the address bar, and password generation for multiple third-party services. Google has also improved on the overall system stability and performance. The update at the moment is only available for Android devices, with the iOS version expected to roll out soon.