The “newest” redesign of the Shelf moves the pinned apps to the center of the Shelf. At least that’s the only thing that this new flag does at the moment. Since the name of the flag simply says “Newest shelf redesign” we will most likely see changes well beyond a mere change of position.
Name: Newest shelf redesign.
Description: Enables the newest shelf appearance. – Chrome OS
To tell you the truth, this small tweak makes it more tablet-like, and less laptop-like. I use my Pixelbook in laptop mode 99% of the time. This simple change of position is kind of shouting on top of its voice that I am actually using a device that is that tablet-first. Well, that could be just me trying to get used to a change.
Here is a how it looks. Take a good look and tell me what you think.
I kind of like this new design. However, since this is currently a flag, and that too in the Canary channel, we might see a lot of changes before it makes it to the Stable channel. I’ll keep the flag enabled and wait for more tweaks in coming days and weeks. Stay tuned for more!