Google recently added a bunch of “themes” to the “color and theme” section of New Tab Page settings. A code commit that I spotted today suggests that this might be the new place where we install and manage third-party Chrome themes.
The new tab page ‘customize’ options now includes a few ways to manage the links (custom links or most visited websites, an option to change the background image, and a few themes that we can choose from.
The code commit that I spotted talks about third-party themes and uninstalling:
“[Chrome Colors] Uninstall theme from Colors menu.”
From the bug:
“Issue 976420: Colors menu should display currently installed 3PT information”
“If user has theme instaled from webstore this information should be displayed on the Colors menu along with the uninstall button.”
“[Chrome Colors] Add third-party theme information to Colors menu”
The code commit or the bug do not talk about how a third party theme will be installed. At this point, we can only speculate what they will do to current themes.
We might continue to find and install themes from the Chrome Web Store like we do now. Google might be simply integrating themes into a more logical place where all the customization options are present.
I haven’t seen any mention of a new type of themes in the code. That is another reason why I think things may not change.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there is new themeing infrastructure under the hoods though! Google might be trying to simplify things for both users and developers or theme authors.
I have written about themes here on Chrome Story, but eventually stopped because I stopped using them. I started liking the default look more. However, I understand that this is not true for everyone.
Do you still use Google Chrome themes? If yes, I would love to hear your thoughts on this change. Is there something that you think Google should fix when it comes to Chrome themes?
Let me know in comments!