Google is working on a new version of its Chrome web browser that completely overhauls the user interface. The change is expected to arrive with version 58, and it uses new elements part of Material Design Refresh (a.k.a Material Design 2) to updates the look and feel of the browser for all platforms, including for Windows 10, Android, and Mac.
In this new interface, you’ll notice that Chrome is using more curves in the elements, such as in tabs and address bar. The light-grey color scheme is gone in favor of a white color.
The user profile sign-in button now appears next to the main menu button, and the new tab button has been relocated to the far-left side. You’ll also find a new bookmark experience, new visual effects, and a number of other minor tweaks.
How to preview Chrome’s new Material Design Refresh UI
You can test the upcoming version of chrome using these steps:
Type the following in the address bar and press Enter:
Under “UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome,” use the drop-down menu, and select the Refresh option.
Under “Material Design in the rest of the browser’s native UI,” use the drop-down menu, and select the Enabled option.
Under “New style notification,” use the drop-down menu, and select the Enabled option.
Under “Enable Material Design bookmarks,” use the drop-down menu, and select the Enabled option.
Under “Enable Material Design extensions,” use the drop-down menu, and select the Enabled option.
After completing the steps, click the Restart now button to start using the new interface.
It’s worth pointing out that you only need to enable the “UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome” option, but if you want to try the new experience fully, Neowin explains that you also need to enable the rest of the options described in the above instructions.
What are your thought about the new interface? Tell us in the comments.