Google Chrome could be getting a huge update in 2018.
Google Chrome is without a doubt the most popular internet browser in the world – and it doesn’t look like it will lose that crown anytime soon.
Latest NetMarketShare stats for the first three months of 2018 give the search engine giant’s browser a huge 61.26 per cent market share.
Its nearest challenger is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer with a 12.43 per cent chunk of the market, followed by Firefox on 10.73 per cent.
Whereas Microsoft’s newer Edge browser, which is the default choice on Windows 10, lags behind on 4.49 per cent.
These stats underline how Chrome’s crown as the world’s most popular internet browser is undisputed.
And as it continues to keep a stranglehold on the market, Google Chrome fans have found out about one of the browser’s upcoming major updates.
The search engine giant could be planning to launch a major visual overhaul for Google Chrome to mark the browser’s 10th birthday in September.
Earlier this year it was revealed that Google were working on ‘Material Design 2’.
This was part of a Chromium commit that quickly got made private after it was published online in February.
XDA Developers reported that the online post has re-emerged, albeit with a number of changes.
The phrase ‘Material Design 2’ has been replaced with “touch optimised” UI changes.
And this touch-friendly version of Chrome is now available in the Canary channel, the app developers use to get early access to builds of the browser.
It features a new circular tab button, a rounded address bar as well as other interface changes to make it easier to use touch controls on Chrome.
However, XDA Developers said that ‘Material Design 2’ is separate to this – and a much bigger visual overhaul is on the way.
They said: “So what’s going on here? It appears that, internally, Google was working on a revamped UI for Google Chrome but hadn’t settled on a name.
“One engineer who was responsible for implementing the UI changes for the Chrome tab and tabstrip accidentally referred to this revamped, “touch optimized” design as our mysterious MD2.”
XDA Developers said that the big visual update for Google Chrome could launch on September 2 – which would be the browser’s 10th birthday.
They said a comment made by a user on the original Chromium commit, before it was flagged as private, hinted a birthday update was on the way.
The comment said the touch optimised revamp of Google Chrome isn’t Material Design 2 and added that the visual refresh was “still being designed and won’t look like this in any case”.
It then added: “Are these actually MD colors? They’re not in the Chrome Birthday deck with the full-scale MD2 design.”
XDA Developers said: “The implication is rather obvious: Google is planning on a full-blown Material Design 2 UI revamp on Google Chrome’s birthday: September 2nd”.
It’s also possible that Android P, Google’s next mobile OS, will incorporate design changes penciled in for Chrome.
This would ensure that the design language between these two hugely popular pieces of software is in keeping.
It remains to be seen whether Google are working on a major visual refresh for Chrome.
Google are holding their annual I/O conference next month, which is where they could announce Android P and any changes coming to Chrome.