Google's Chrome OS is getting a design refresh in future updates, pushing it closer to Google's new design language which made its debut in Android P. On developer builds of Chrome OS, the firm has made several tweaks to prominent aspects of the interface, including the system tray, wallpaper picker, and keyboard shortcuts overlay.
Earlier this year, the firm added a dark theme to its system tray. This week, it followed up with an Android P inspired design refresh to the same.
Now, in a new update for users on developer builds, the firm had now made the system tray translucent (pictured above), allowing elements of the background to bleed through. The tray has also become collapsible, again reminiscent of Android P's notification centre as well as the Windows 10 Action Center.
This overall design approach is similar to the current design zeitgeist shown in competitor operating systems like Windows and macOS, both of which now sport transparency in their latest incarnations.
Google has plans to bring the same design language across the entire operating system in the coming months. To start with, the Chrome wallpaper picker has also been updated in developer rings with Google's new whiter and softer interface.
Chrome OS will also be getting a new keyboard overlay. While the firm used to offer a digital keyboard like overlay which showed you what different keyboard combinations would do, the firm is scrapping that and replacing it with a newer and more modern design. It will be splitting keyboard shortcuts into different categories, as well as adding search functionality into the applet.
Overall, its clear Google has plans for Chrome OS and is redesigning it wholesale to bring it in line with what it'll be pushing with Android later this year.
Google released its Android P preview for phones earlier this month, and while Chrome OS's new design shares many elements with P's new design, it is worth noting that the translucency present in the system tray is a new element.
It was rumoured that Google would be adopting a new Material Design 2 design language, as well as making Android familiar to iOS users. With Chrome OS gaining translucency support, Google might be making Android more like iOS than we previously assumed.