Chrome’s Material Design Refresh Hits Canary Release Channel

April 26, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google’s upcoming I/O conference scheduled for May will reveal a new Material Design version that will embrace many of its platforms including the Google Chrome browser. But much before that, we are having initial glimpses of the redesigned material design, thanks to the Canary version of Chrome.

The pre-beta channel of Canary is now loaded with a new material design that brings rounded UI elements to the browser. Interestingly, Google isn’t rolling out the Material Design 2 as predicted, but it will have a Material Design Refresh instead. But it still has got some serious uplift from the original version.

Starting with the rounded tabs, Chrome Canary’s material design features rounded interface that looks very different from the ones that are available in the public build of Chrome browser. The top buttons also gets the new design attire including the back, forward and refresh button. The address bar now appears in grey shade along with rounded corners.

Falling in line with the new design, Chrome has also brought in other changes like shifting the account avatar icon to the toolbar, right next to the address bar. A floating effect has also been added to up the interface while using the Omnibar dropdown in Chrome Canary.

Users can experience the new changes by installing the Canary version of Chrome, and then heading to the flags options by typing in “chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md” in the address bar. Users will have to switch to the Refresh option to get the new design under UI layout for top bar. As of now, Google hasn’t revealed when the new design will be hitting the stable version of Chrome.

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