For Google Chrome’s 10th Birthday, the browser is getting a massive Material styled redesign. Google announced today which features are coming to change the world’s most popular browser.
To celebrate the 10th birthday Chrome now has most notably a completely redesigned look and feel. The browser now looks much flatter, rounder and more in alignment with Google’s Material Design guidelines. These updates will be reflected throughout the entire experience across desktop, iOS, and Android.
If you don’t see these changes yet, you can manually trigger the update by clicking the three dots in the top right corner, selecting “Help” and “About Google Chrome” – You should now see the update prompt start to download the latest release version 69.
Here are the most notable changes:
- Chrome revamped its autofill and password manager to be more accurate across different sites.
- Speaking of passwords, Chrome can now auto-generate a strong password that will be linked to your Google account. Think barebones LastPass, right in Chrome.
- The search bar – officially known as the Omnibox – can now show you more information without needing to open a new tab.
- You can now search for a specific tab within the Omnibox, useful for when you’re inundated with tabs too small to read.
- You’ll soon be able to search through your Google Drive right from the search bar.
- You can now create shortcuts for your favorite sites on the new tab page, as well as set a background image.
Chrome also got an update to its Dino Game, which appears when is no internet connection, to include birthday cakes, party hats, and balloons. While Google has been integrating machine learning into Chrome to detect phishing and malware sites, they have plans to make its browser even smarter with the help of artificial intelligence.
If you like to have chrome behave like in the older versions, it’s relatively easy to change. This first fix will be to get the Adressbar (Omnibox) show the full URL, including HTTPS and the Subdomain e.g. www.
- Go to the URL “chrome://flags”
- Search for “Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme and Trivial Subdomains”
- Select “Disabled” from the drop-down
And if you do not like the redesign, you can also change back to the old Google Chrome design by following the first steps from above and searching for “UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome” and selecting “Normal”.