As Android L draws ever nearer, Google has promised that its apps would be updated to take advantage of the new design language. Today's Chrome Beta update comes with a Material Design interface, an updated icon, and the usual plethora of fixes and tweaks. But, you know Material Design!
Here's the changelog Google posted on the Chrome blog, plus a few more bits of note. We'll add anything else we come across, though.
- Material Design updates
- Simplified sign-in
- Darker theme for Incognito Mode
- Moonshine-style icon
- Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements!
The design makeover is a welcome change. The icon and the app itself looks much cleaner and just really nice. The layering aspect of Material Design is dependent on Android L, so you probably won't see that in the app just yet. The addition of a darker them for Incognito is cool too. The old UI was dark blue for phones and the default light gray for tablets (with a dark tab backdrop), but now the omnibox, nav buttons, and tab row (on tablets) are all dark gray.
As for that simplified sign-in, that means that once you're signed into Chrome Beta, you won't have to sign in again on Google sites. It even works for multiple accounts. You'll be presented with an account picker for all your logged in profiles.
The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.
File name: com.chrome.beta-37.0.2062.39.apk.
Version: 37.0.2062.39 (Android 4.0+).