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Chrome launches new Material Design for desktops and mobiles
August 5, 2018, 12:06 pm
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The latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser, Chrome 68, which was released as a stable revision last week, now comes with the Material Design refresh that has been in the works for months.

To launch it on desktops or on the iOS for Apple mobiles you would need to go behind the settings flags in Chrome 68. Android users will have to wait, as Chrome 68 for Android does not yet include the Material Design refresh changes.

While the desktop version includes a more rounded and whiter appearance, the mobile version of Chrome has a far more drastic redesign on iOS. Google is moving the navigation controls to the bottom of the screen, and overhauling the new tab page to be more useful. The navigation changes mean forward and backward buttons are now at the bottom, alongside access to tabs, settings, and a new search button. The new search button is a quick way to get to the address bar for now, which is ideal if you are using a phone with an extra-tall display.

Google has not yet enabled its more rounded tabs in Chrome on the desktop. These first appeared in developer builds of Chrome back in April, but they’re still not hidden behind a flag in the stable channel version of the browser. Here’s how to enable parts of the Material Design refresh on desktop and iOS:

For Chrome on desktops: Type “chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md” in the address-bar

You will be taken to the ‘flags’ page with “UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome” highlighted in yellow. On the right side change the option from default to refresh. Restart Chrome to see the changes

For Chrome on iOS devices: Type “chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md” in the address bar

You will be presented with “UI Refresh Phase 1”. Select ‘enable’ and restart chrome to see changes.

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