We often criticize Microsoft Edge, it is undeniable that Microsoft has shown great enthusiasm and frequent updates for its browser in recent times. In comparison, Google Chrome’s updates, both in terms of features and user interface, have been slower. However, spurred by Microsoft’s progress, Google has picked up the pace in recent years.
Google is currently preparing a new design called “Refresh 2023,” which is available for testing in Google Chrome Canary. The new design is still in development, so not all changes are visible yet. Nonetheless, users interested in trying out the Google Chrome Canary version can enable the new design to get a first look.
Some observed changes include:
The address bar’s HTTPS lock icon has been replaced with a new menu style, likely to encourage users to click and view site settings. The sharing button on the right side has also been updated.
Menu options now feature vector icons, although some icons are still missing, suggesting that the work is not yet complete.
Some submenus have icons added, while others are still without icons.
By default, Google has preset a light blue background for the title bar. This background is different in depth from a user’s custom blue background.
To enable the experimental features, users need to ensure their Google Chrome Canary is updated to version 114+ and enable the following flags before restarting the browser:
After completing these steps, the new design should be visible. However, the theme mode is not yet fully adapted, so the address bar may be difficult to see in dark mode.
Canary’s update frequency is high, and Google is expected to accelerate these design updates and push them out regularly. We will provide updates on any significant changes as they become available.