New Google Chrome tab design hints at major upcoming revamp

Google is preparing to give Chrome a makeover, and has started testing parts of the redesign.

One of the most immediately noticeable changes concerns the web browser’s tabs, 9to5Google has discovered, after the changes were spotted by a Twitter user. Google appears to be experimenting with a softer, more rounded look than the current version of Chrome offers.

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Right now, Chrome tabs are much more sharp and angular, and the test design feels a little friendlier and more modern. The new look also fits in nicely with the upcoming Gmail redesign, which will bring more curves and rounded buttons to the email service.

An updated Google document detailing the “Material Design Refresh” it is planning to bring to its services has also been spotted, providing glimpses of what else there is to look forward to as Google sets about bringing a consistent look to all of its products and services.

You can check out Chrome’s new look by downloading Chrome Canary, visiting chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md and enabling “refresh”, though it only appears to work on Windows at the moment.

We’ll no doubt learn a lot more at Google I/O 2018 on May 8.

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