Enable Google Chrome’s new design with one Chrome flag

The Google Chrome browser is open source, so we can track progress on its development quite easily. We’ve seen how Chrome is getting more optimized for touchscreen devices like the HP Chromebook X2 and the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, how a major Material Design revamp is underway, and how Chrome OS is receiving Android P-esque user interface changes. We cover the most interesting new Chrome flags that we discover, but it can be annoying having to dig around and enable multiple flags just to test all of the latest features. Google will be making that easier for us by consolidating all of Google Chrome’s new design behind one Chrome flag.

What Google Chrome’s new “Touchable Refresh” interface looks like. Touchable Refresh combines the touch optimizations and the new Material Design changes. Enable it at chrome://flags#top-chrome-md

The flag, called “uifood”, is already available in the latest Chrome Canary and Chromium nighties. You can enable it by pasting chrome://flags#uifood into the address bar. The Chrome flag is available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS.

Currently, enabling it doesn’t do much. We’ve been tracking progress on this flag since it first popped up in the Gerrit Code Review, and you can see how the Chrome team is slowly starting to wire support for all of their new UI features into this one flag. If you are interested in testing the latest Chrome design changes on your device, then we recommend enabling this flag to make things a bit easier for you to keep up with!

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