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Android L and Chrome – a New Beta Look

July 25, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

Google has been very busy lately updating just about everything in sight – they are smart enough to know, that while they do not want to be like ‘Apple,’ there is something to be said for consistency.  They want consistency in looks between programs, applications and certainly platforms.  Users very rarely sit at a desktop PC any longer to do their job or their private web browsing – we are a mobile society and as such, we love our notebooks, tablets and smartphones.  Many studies show that even tablets will outsell notebooks, just as notebooks have overtaken PCs.  It is very important for Google to anticipate this and be prepared.

Google has been doing just that – preparing for the future to make their Android OS the best platform throughout the world.  Google has been very big lately with their new Material design – decidedly flatter and more minimalistic with added color and better feedback through animations.  Design overhauls require a lot of work to make everything look and act consistently.

In keeping up with those changes, yesterday, Google pushed an update to the Chrome Beta app – with a redesign in accordance with the new Material design.  Obviously, this in Beta format so there are sure to be a few more updates, however, the main layout should be installed, so this is probably very close to the final version.  Take a look at the gallery below to get an idea of what we are talking about.

You can see that the Tabs Window has changed and you can no longer see how many tabs you have opened – no this may be a bug or it may be the way the final version will look – but it is definitely a flatter look.  Because this a Beta, not all parts of the app are completely skinned yet, and as our source points out, if you look at the Settings Menu, it is still showing the pre-Material design effort.

The whole idea for Chrome Beta is to test out designs and keep tweaking them with improvements and fixes until they get a releasable version.  This is an exciting time for Google and Android and we look forward to the future. Please hit us up on our Google+Page and let us know if you think Google is headed in the right direction with Android L…as always, we would love to hear from you.