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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!

2014-07-24 18.06.12 2014-07-24 18.06.37 2014-07-24 18.06.52

What’s New

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!

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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.

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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.

Download

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+).

MD5: dd9c48dbc369423162595ddd1357467d.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Taylor

    I got waaaayyy too giddy when I saw this post.

    • MrJigolo

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    • Fatty Bunter

      Frankly, I get all giddy in my pants whenever there's a Google app update

  • vyktorsouza

    hmmm not quite what I expected

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    That new icon is awesome. Can't wait to see same applied to all Google apps.

  • joser116

    Here's another screenshot

  • Thelma

    I wish porn mode was default. Oh well.

    • vyktorsouza

      we can't have it all
      we can't.. have.. it.. all..

    • Thelma

      ...the theme that is.

      • Chika

        Seconded. The dark theme is more pleasing on the eyes and matches Android's status and navigation bars better than the default light gray.

    • Justin W

      It looks really good IMO. Should be the night theme for Chrome.

      • jb

        What's the point of a night theme when your still browsing white web pages...

  • ih8legal

    Nice

  • Kevin Aaronson

    Just took my pants off, it's gonna get messy

  • Sam Del Valle

    My Body (Nexus) is Ready

  • Michael Forte

    While this update looks nice, it is a step backward in functionality. No more number showing how many open tabs you have and the refresh/stop button is no longer on the address bar.

    • Nevi_me

      Maps v7 complaints [though valid] in 3, 2, 1 ...

    • Kevin Aaronson

      And no suggestion arrow that moves a suggestion to the url bar, or I just haven't figured out if they changed how it's done.

      • Markus Ressel

        Also on my phone it doesn't automatically insert my most commonly used url anymore :/ I always have to pick a suggestion. Is there an option to turn that on and off?

        • Bert

          It does for me!

          • Markus Ressel

            Its also in one screenshot in the article. So I thought maybe now there is a setting for it. But maybe it's just a beta bug.

          • AtomicGadget

            It'll only auto-complete with the stock Google keyboard.

          • Markus Ressel

            Well thats a bummer :/ Hope it gets fixed.

          • Manudel96

            I have to disagree.
            It does auto complete with SwiftKey

          • Markus Ressel

            Yes it does! I don't know if it was a coincidence or me but I uninstalled Chrome Beta and reinstalled it, signed in and after some sync time it now does show suggestions for me too.

        • Imparus

          Still does for me so I guess it could be a bug.

    • Mlibbey

      wtf it doesnt show the number? thats mental

      • MirandaU

        At I/O they showed that they are planning on integrating open tabs in the multitasking view, steering away from an app-driven multitasking, towards an activity- or document-driven multitasking approach. Apparently, with this update, they are halfway there. Eventually, the open tabs in Chrome will not matter anymore. Unfortunately, since that was not included in this update, yet, they should have included the number for the time being.

        • Mlibbey

          ahhh yes! you are right! until L though...i want that number haha

        • anonymous1

          I don't like the sound of that. I often have a lot of tabs open at a time so if they put each chrome tab as a separate thing in the multitasking menu, its gonna become way too cluttered if not unusable. Multitasking should just show the app itself, not all the things going within it.

          • Crispin Swickard

            Hopefully they will have an option to disable it. Its my least liked addition to L.

        • Charlie

          But why wouldn't it matter anymore? Show the tabs in the multitasking screen, but when I'm in Chrome show me how many Chrome tabs I have open?

          How does the focus on document-driven multitasking affect the showing of the amount of tabs I have open in Chrome?

    • Rudy Ballesteros

      This is a beta update so... Yeah lol

      • Justin W

        Beta implies locked features. I hope for sure they bring back the number of tabs and the refresh/stop button.

      • Joris Griffioen

        Beta means you are testing a basically finished product so it works properly.

        It's not a "throw shit at the wall and see what sticks" phase. That would be alpha or even pre-alpha depending on your philosophy.

    • Miguel Ripoll

      Also the address bar is too damm high.

      • Imparus

        To high? it disappear as soon as you start scrolling down, so why would a small increase in height be an issue?

        • thartist

          Why would they increase the height in the first place? Because... Material design height? :/

      • Allen Tanguay

        It is consistent with the rest of the new action bars

    • laxjosh

      The borders around the URL/Tabs/Menu bar are out of alignment. More border/buffer below than above the URL "box." Within the URL box, there is a border/buffer to the left of the beginning of the URL and none on the right when the URL is longer than the width of the box.

      And, I'd have to screenshot it and throw gridlines over it, but the tabs icon and the menu icon don't, at first glance, to be properly aligned horizontally.

      • Crispin Swickard

        I really wish they would update the magnifying glass effect as well. It looks... Not good. I was thinking exactly the same thing on the borders they look really weird.

    • cabbieBot

      The overflow button is a gesture zone. Swipe down from it and release on the refresh/stop button, which is directly beneath. I actually prefer this tweak as its simple to do and unclutters the omnibar.

      • cabbieBot

        now if I could get my one true wish...a 2nd 'quick share' option. All my sharing is either to facebook or 2Cloud, which opens the page on my PC. Out of curiosity, anyone else have a different app they use to push web pages from mobile to desktop?

    • Stanley C.

      Stupidness never ends with Chrome.

      Im orfan since AOSP death... 😢

    • Brian Nazareth

      Maybe it's just the beta version, friend.

  • GreatNews

    It got a new logo as well... Flatter and wiered looking!

  • cmikeh2

    The update added HTML5 gamepad support as well.

  • Shamu

    the Google Music update shall complete me!

    • Justin W

      I don't know about complete, but I want this ASAP - it looked amazing on screen at I/O.

      • miri

        That wasn't Play Music.

  • Berto Maia

    I wish that incognito design was stock!

  • PhantomPtI

    Awesome

  • Akshay Mehta

    It's actually quite good. What's next ? Gmail ?Keep ? Drive ?

    • Nevi_me

      I hope it comes soon, Gmail keeps driving me crazy

      • Akshay Mehta

        I've switched to cloud magic completely. Stock gmail and mail apps are not good enough.

      • Merri Mogridge

        You deserve many more up votes for that fine play on words!

        • http://google.com/+JulioManiratunga Julio M

          So beautifully done, I almost didn't notice.

        • joser116

          I don't get it

          • https://www.facebook.com/poptarttroll William

            [Gmail] [keep]s [driv]ing me crazy.

    • MirandaU

      Please let it be Gmail. The others have already gotten some UI overhaul but Gmail has so much potential, is one of the most powerful and most used Google apps and it is visually stuck in early 2012.

  • Rudy Ballesteros

    I just installed it. It looks amazing and it so much smoother when strolling and loads pages faster. I love it.

    • joser116

      Really? When I open amazon.com, it does load faster, but scrolling is jerky and images reload. It was smooth as butter before.

      • Rudy Ballesteros

        I just checked it on my phone Amazon load really fast but is only a little jerky. What kind of phone do you have?

        • joser116

          Yeah, exactly the same here. It loads really fast and is also a little jerky. It was smooth as butter before.

          I have Moto G. Even when I had a Kyocera Hydro with a 2011 processor, Chrome was smooth on Amazon. I'm sure it's some kind of bug that will only get fixed. People are already complaining about the scrolling on Google Play.

          • Rudy Ballesteros

            It most likely has to do with your phone no offense or anything. I have a nexus 5 and the 2gbs of ram really help when web browsing on mobile. Your phone only has a 1 gb

          • joser116

            Yeah true but you just said that it loads fast but it's only a little jerky. Same here. I am experiencing the same thing as you.

            And it didn't lag before. Like I said, even when I had a Hydro it didn't lag on Amazon. People are already complaining about it on Play already, too.

          • Rudy Ballesteros

            Out of all the websites I have check the only one that seemsto have a little hiccups is amazon but its not annoy or very noticeable. I am always that its even more noticeable on your phone.

          • joser116

            Yeah same here. Amazon.

            And also, what do you mean by "I am always that its even more noticeable on your phone."

          • Rudy Ballesteros

            sorry autocorrect

          • joser116

            Well, how would you know that its more noticeable on my phone? You're just assuming. My phone didn't lag before so its not my phones fault. Other people are complaining already on G Play.

          • vyktorsouza

            not entirely his phone's fault, we all know Chrome for android isn't the best brower

          • joser116

            Yeah, it didn't do this before so its not the phone. Also, it seems Rudy is experiencing the same so its not the phone.

          • Rudy Ballesteros

            From a programmer point of view is partly the phone. Chrome determines how much of the ram it will use depending on the size of the ram the phone has. Also, Chrome is one of the best browser, its all the syncing and extra stuff that is slowing it down, if anything. If you take all syncing alway and don't log in to the chrome browser it is really fast.

          • joser116

            My phone didn't lag before on Amazon so its not the phone.

          • Rudy Ballesteros

            Well either way it's a beta update so it's not perfect, but the performance over all has greatly improved. It's annoying to have websites loaded slowly and be laggy.

          • joser116

            Yeah, the speed of loading websites did improve.

  • Kieron Quinn
    • TechWings

      Obligatory. Thank you, sir.

  • http://thomashunsaker.com Thomas Hunsaker

    Looks as if "Find in Page" has been moved out of the omnibox. :(

    Also in tab view, swiping away tabs has a new animation, less card-like, more zoom?

  • ProductFRED

    It's pretty cool that they actually called out the icon pack by name (Moonshine).

    • miri

      Moonshine is the codename for the new icon style.

      • joser116

        I think he knows that.

      • ProductFRED

        Oh whoops. Thanks for the heads up.

  • vyktorsouza

    why is no one mentioning the fact that it opens up SO much faster than probably any other app????

    • BigTimmay

      Ya know, I just came to see if anyone else noticed this too. It seems very well optimized. Given I have an S4 and most apps already run just fine for my liking, but I noticed a difference. It's not just placebo effect.

    • Allen Cross

      ^^ This times ∞. ^^

      Blazingly fast app. Absolutely brilliant. More of this, please, Google! :-)
      .

    • yahyoh

      yeah specially youtube it takes like 3 seconds to open

  • Angelo Gulli

    first thing: opened all tab view in chrome beta, then hit recents button for PA L preview recent view...

    Universe didn't immediately collapse on itself?

    Come on, Google. That would be one helluvan eastern egg

  • iamnotkurtcobain

    Please gmail and play music next. Or hangouts!! The performance of these apps is horrible...

    • joser116

      Yes, especially Play Music; so much constant reloading of images while scrolling.

    • vyktorsouza

      and Play Music is buggy af on L

      • joser116

        Is Play Music already redesigned on L?

        • vyktorsouza

          nop, none of the GAPPS actually

    • Moyako

      So I'm not the only one with Hangouts working terribly sluggish?

      • iamnotkurtcobain

        It's sluggish beyond belief... Horrible. Even on a Galaxy S5. They really should design it from the ground up... Same as gmail (swiping and scrolling through mails is janky as hell)

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Confirmed - visual overhaul improves perfomance

      • John

        He didn't specify "visual overhaul", but I see where you're standing

    • d3cbl

      I'm actually getting worse performance on the material chrome beta than I was on normal chrome (there was much more noticeable lag when pulling down the top bar to see the open tabs, when opening a link in a new tab to name a few)

  • Theis Bregnballe

    Wow! I think it is much faster than the ordinary chrome for Android.

    • joser116

      If you go to amazon.com and scroll it is jerky due to it having to reload images.

      • Theis Bregnballe

        Maybe so, but it is still a beta. The speed at which it loads websites has been been vastly improved though. Besides I don't think it's that bad.

  • cmbeid

    I am really digging this version. I have found one annoyance: no number of tabs that are currently open.

    • Akshay Mehta

      Yeah that's there. Rest everything is pretty solid.

  • james fuston

    The new tab animation of the google search bar turning into the URL bar as you scroll down is beautiful.

    It's also significantly easier to swipe away tabs in landscape mode.

  • Akshay Mehta

    Will this update enable the multi tab in the recents menu in android L ? I hope it does.

    • vyktorsouza

      nop, maybe next time

      • Akshay Mehta

        I'm waiting to try out the feature. It looked really promising in I/O

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    Beautiful...just beautiful!

    It's smooth, like butter, on my Nexus 7 LTE (2013).

    Chrome has transformed itself from a sluggish POS to very stellar browser on Android.

    Kudos to the Chrome team.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Hahaha, nice joke

  • Juan Sebastian Camargo Visbal

    Has Google posted any gidelines for creating Moonshine style icons like they did for Material Design? Because MD guidelines have no info. on launcher icons.

  • Thomas Wong

    as much as i like the design, as usual, some features are missing in light of a new design. eg now you can't see the no. of tabs in the "tab" icon, you can't directly "find in page" when you enter the search keyword in the address bar, and the "refresh/stop" button is hidden in the overflow button instead of at the right of the address bar. btw, why is the new tab page still not the default?

  • Макаров Илья

    Where is... dat... REFRESH BUTTON!!!!????

    • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

      In the Overflow Menu. :P You made me worried. :(

    • Brandon Schneider

      Under the overflow menu.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      It's in the menu, you can see it in the third screenshot.

  • Ricardo

    Talking about material design, there's a certain website that would look awesome in this chrome version if it were redesigned using material design ;-)

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Or really redesigned to anything at all.

  • WitnessG
    • Kevin Aaronson

      chrome: //flags and enable NTP

      • WitnessG

        Thanks.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      It's on by default

  • laxjosh

    Any thoughts on how long this will take to make the stable channel?

    • miri

      6 weeks at the earliest since that's how long it takes for Chrome to increment a full version.

      • laxjosh

        Thank you kind sir/madam.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wait, what about the new dialog menus that were shown in G+ post today?

  • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

    Goddamn, this is nice. I might actually go back to Beta Channel just to use this until L drops.

    • Nomaan

      Is there a beta channel for this?
      Last time I checked, its a separate listing in play store

      • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

        Er, sorry. I'm used to it being the Beta Channel for the desktop version of Chrome. It actually IS a separate listing in the Play Store.

  • Blane Stroud

    Animations are a little jittery on my Moto X. Weird.

  • philxcv

    This is literally the first time that i get the update via the playstore first. Good feeling

    • pfmiller

      It's Chrome beta, they don't do stage rollouts in the beta channel.

      • philxcv

        Ahh ok Thanks for the heads up!

  • Nomaan

    "The addition of a darker them for Incognito is cool too"

    Typo.

  • Nicolas Ramz

    Am I the only one wondering why there is no progress bar when running Chrome on the nexus 7? It is there on the phone version but doesn't show up when chrome is used on a tablet.. Pretty annoying :(

  • proxuser

    i dont like new design. need improvements, it needs read mode like firefox, dark mode and more functions for easy use in mobile.

  • Bojan Tomic

    Hope Hangouts and Play Music are next, 'cause they're choppy as hell plus Hangouts looks kinda awful. ;s

    • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

      I'm gonna just jump on the Hangouts train with you and hope that it'll finally merge Google Voice too.

      • Crispin Swickard

        Maybe they will merge it, and material design it all at one. *Insert mind blown gif #TeamHardG

        • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

          Yesssssssss. :D

  • pfmiller

    A pretty new design is nice, but does it fix this issue?
    https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/chrome/android/_TNTBy20VsI

    That's what I really care about. Chrome has been seriously broken since the last update.

    • cmikeh2

      I haven't run into that bug yet, and I did experience it on the past version.

  • smurf

    Can someone post a creenshot of what it looks like on the "L" preview?

  • Adrian Meredith

    loving the performance of this, its super smooth on L. (i do have some exp features on though but it feels like a big step up)

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    Icon looks the same. Maybe I am going blind as wife suggests all the time

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    Wasted space?

  • James_C_L

    Where I love the design.. They are missing a key element. The number or browse pages open in the little boxes up on top right

  • curtis

    Does anybody have a picture of this running on the L preview?

  • Ronnie

    Can't wait to see this disappear and they make it look like the voice search on the google home with smooth material design animations.

  • Justin

    My Android L keyboard (on Kitkat) doesn't work for Material design...

  • chozendroid

    I rather like this one. Would love to see what they do with Hangouts :)

  • Adam Benfer

    I hate that they moved the refresh button

  • Rahul Nebhnani

    how do you guys manage to get all the apks before everyone?

  • Manny Fleurmond

    Refresh button is in the menu instead of the address bar :(

  • onthecouchagain

    They took out the number indicating the number of open tabs you have!! D:

    • http://myanimelist.net/animelist/kouhai-chwan Kouhai

      Yea. I really liked that feature :|

  • black

    I'm not that impressed with the material stuff on kit kat. Maybe they will look much better on L?

  • John

    Smoothly done enjoying the changes. Me personally love the new height of the address bar. They made tumb surfing fun .!

  • Michael M.

    Is it possible to load full version of site instead of mobile one by default here?

  • Pick

    How to launch Chrome in Incognito Mode by one touch?

  • sambit

    I miss the refresh button