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Chrome for Android introduces a redesign of the address bar

Chrome for Android introduces a redesign of the address bar

behind in SeptemberGoogle has begun testing a “visual omnibox refresh” to revamp a core part of the mobile browser. Chrome for Android is now rolling out a redesign of the Materials bar that adds more dynamic colors.

When you click on the omnibox, Chrome’s address bar is no longer in the same pill-shaped container that appears when the field is not active. This new shape is a bit longer, more rectangular, and goes with the material you are.

The search results, websites, and other suggestions that appear below are no longer just texts on a light/dark background. Instead, they are now each placed in a card with a lighter background than the rest of the screen. This redesign introduces more dynamic colors than before (text and omnibox only), while borders help make the page look less crowded with not much impact on the amount of text that appears.

This design is quite reminiscent of Unified search Pixel Launcher, and brings this experience to non-Google phones. Compared to the December iteration, it looks less like a trigger search because the field you type in now contains a container. It had no borders previously, though the transition between a pill into a rounded rectangle is a bit annoying.

After appearing in the beta channel at the end of last year, we’re now seeing this address bar redesigned in the stable channel with Chrome 109, even though it is a server-side update. All but one of our devices today have this new look, while we haven’t yet encountered it normally on tablets.

If it is not available to you yet, use the flag: chrome://flags/#omnibox-modernize-visual-update.

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