Google has been working on a Chrome Design Material Design update across desktop and mobile in recent months, and elements in redesign begin to reach the stable version of the browser. Chrome 68, released earlier this week, now contains parts of the Material Design update that are hidden behind the settings in both the iOS and desktop versions. Chrome 68 for Android does not include changes in the Material Design update.
While the desktop version contains a more rounded and white look, the mobile version of Chrome has a far more drastic redesign on iOS. Google moves the navigation controls to the bottom of the screen, and overtaking the new category page to be more useful. Navigation changes mean that the forward and backward buttons are now at the bottom, along with access to tabs, settings, and a new search button. The new search button is a quick way to reach the address bar for now, which is ideal if you use a phone with an extra high screen.
Google has not yet enabled its more rounded tabs in Chrome on the table. These first appeared in developer builds of Chrome back in April, but they are still not hidden behind a flag in the stable channel version of the browser. To update parts of the Material Design update on desktop and iOS:
- Navigate to Chrome: // Flags / # top-chrome-md
- In "UI Layout for Browser Top Chrome" change the option from default to update
- Start Chrome again to see the changes
- Navigate to Chrome: // flags / # top-chrome-md
- In "UI Refresh Phase 1