I will tell you something that I noticed with the Chrome OS team recently. Ever since Google Play Store was announced, the material design updates for Chrome OS has picked up pace. Here are a couple of new changes that you might be interested in!
I have always complained that Material Design moves very slow around here in Chrome OS land. Now that Android apps are here, things are changing. I am still not happy about the way the Settings page looks with Material makeover, but otherwise, things are pretty neat. A challenge for the Chrome OS team though is how good (or how bad) all these will look on low resolution screens that most Chromebooks come with.
That being said, here is the two new attractions on Chrome OS.
New “All Apps” Icon
Here is the new icon that showed up on Canary Channel (screenshot courtesy of Kenny Strawn)
This icon shows up on your app launcher, which now has two rows instead of one on the home screen.
Apps Icon On Tray
The Apps icon on the tray that you use to open the app launcher also has been updated. The new icon is (very) simple!
It sure looks odd with its transparency among all those colorful app icons. Also, the appearance of this icon will be slightly different based on the wallpaper that you are using, thanks (again) to the transparency.
Updated Notification Design
The notifications also has received a few subtle changes in the latest release. Here is an updated notification.
Ah! seeing an Android app update notification on Chrome OS system tray makes me really happy!
So, which one is your favorite out of these three? Let me know in comments!