Google Chrome Takes a Cue from Microsoft Edge’s User Interface

  • Nixon Mcgowan
  • 22 Dec 2021

Google is always looking for ways to make its user experience better with every update, and they don’t mind having to take a page out of the competition's playbook. Based on some information from a new patch seen in Chromium Gerrit, Google seems to be working on some new enhancements for Chrome’s user interface. The new patch reveals that this new user interface may look a lot like the one on Google’s competition, Microsoft Edge. 

According to Reddit user Leopeva64-2, Google may be replacing the traditional download bar at the bottom of the screen with a new toolbar option. This new Google Chrome feature, similar to Microsoft Edge, will most likely indicate the download progress of files as well as ones that have been downloaded recently. The latest Chromium Gerrit patch also insinuates that a toolbar will appear to indicate when a download is in progress and that it will also show downloads within the last 24 hours. Nevertheless, there is a setting in Microsoft Edge that allows you to keep the toolbar button visible at all times. 

Google Chrome's new toolbar button may contain a meter to track download progress. The Edge browser includes a function that is quite similar to this, although the Edge browser uses a ring instead of a bar to track download progress. They both essentially accomplish the same objective, which is to show you the total download progress. This new interface appears to be in its early phases of development, but we anticipate that in the coming days, the new UI modifications will be accessible on Chrome Canary. We'll keep you updated as soon as we find out more.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think the download UI should be left as it is or does it need to be changed? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.


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