Earlier this weekend, Chromium commits (which have now been hidden) were spotted earlier making references to updates to the Chrome browser and Material Design 2.

While we don't know much about what this so-called "Material Design 2 " will involve, we do know that in the case of Chrome it'll at least bring minor changes to the colour palette.

The colour changes to the existing Chrome palette would make the regular browser tabs nearly white in comparison to its current interface, while incognito mode would appear a lot darker by default.

The Chromium commits also hints improved support for touchscreens. As we reported earlier, Google is working to bring Chrome OS to both tablets and detachables. Google's Chrome OS does not at this time support a tablet optimised view for its Chrome browser, and users would be required to download the separate but less full-featured Chrome Android app from the play store. This commit hints at a change to that status quo.

Material Design has had a fairly long shelf life, compared to efforts from Microsoft and Apple. Microsoft introduced it's MDL2 design language with Windows 10 version 1507 in 2015, only to shift to the new Fluent design system in 2017 with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Apple for its part has opted for tweaks to its Human interaction guidelines, with larger fonts and a more bubbly design rolling out on its platform since iOS 10. According to a report from 9to5 Google, Google's material design update is allegedly designed to "increase readability, efficiency, and minimize clutter. Google is likely to share more on this topic at I/O later this year.

"In material design, surface and shadow establish a physical structure to explain what can be touched and what can move." Google designer Nicholas Jitkoff wrote back in 2014, "Content is front and centre, using principles of modern print design. Motion is meaningful, clarifying relationships and teaching with delightful details."

We'll see if the new Material Design standard builds on that earlier mission statement.

Via XDA Developers