William Greene has shared a screenshot from the latest version of Chrome OS Canary on Google Plus. There is a new back button for Android apps. Yes, the same icon that you see on Android.
The launcher icon has already been changed and it also looks like the Android icon. Now with the back icon, all you need is the recent apps icon from Android, and you will have a Chrome OS UI which looks identical to Android.
Chrome OS already has a Switch Window icon, which is three squares stacked up on each other. Don’t be surprised if Google replaces it with the Android recent apps icon.
This is an ongoing theme. Chrome OS looking and behaving more like Android day by day. We should be prepared for more changes like this in coming weeks.
Android apps and Play Store are now available on Chromebooks. Soon, they will be more important than Chrome apps from the Web Store. A lot of new users will be attracted to Chrome OS and Chromebooks just because of Android apps. It is only natural for Google to think that Chrome OS and Android UX should look similar.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Google brings the Pixel launcher along with Google Assistant to Chrome OS and makes it the default launcher for Chromebooks. If you’ve been using the new Peeking Launcher, you wouldn’t even notice if Google makes such a change.
What do you think?