Google starts testing new curvy material design elements in Chrome for desktop

Google is making prominent design changes in Chrome for desktop after almost 10 years.

  • Published: July 23, 2018 3:56 PM IST

Google is testing a new design for desktop version of its Chrome web browser with a curvy address bar. Google is making prominent design changes in Chrome for desktop after almost 10 years since its debut in 2008.

As per CNET, the search giant is changing the look and feel of Chrome desktop browser. The address bar’s text box is now gray oval against a white backdrop, instead of a round-cornered white rectangle. The grayed-out inactive tabs now merge with the browser itself, and these are separated only by thin vertical lines. The design is in line with Google’s Material Design 2.0, and it blends well with Windows 10 design language.

The design changes are available in Chrome Canary. Google’s Canary version of Chrome essentially gets frequent updates and new features as early beta version of the browser. Earlier today, a report also suggested a new feature for Google Chrome, but in Android app. Although the quick replies feature is said to be in testing internally, it isn’t yet available in the Canary version of Chrome.

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Reportedly, the ‘Quick Reply’ feature in Chrome for Android will allow you to reply to a notification from your status bar, but websites will have to support it first. With this feature, websites will be able to send you a notification with added quick reply support. Which means if there is a website notification that needs a chat support, it will allow you to reply from the notification itself, similar to WhatsApp quick reply option.

  • Published Date: July 23, 2018 3:56 PM IST