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Google Chrome takes a colorful cue from Android

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The latest version of Google Chrome for desktop hides a fancy new feature that takes a colorful cue from Android. We’re talking about the Material You style, which pulls colors from your new tab wallpaper and integrates it into your browser’s toolbar.

Google introduced its Material design concept at Google I/O 2014. Since then, we’ve slowly seen it expand to more aspects of our phones with the release of Material You in Android 12, Google Discover, and more. All the software experience can extract colors from a wallpaper on our phones, giving the devices a whole new look.

However, things work a bit differently on the desktop. According to android police, the latest version 110 of Chrome Canary is available for PC, Mac, ChromeOS, and Linux, and you can enable this feature with flags. Once enabled, it will theme your desktop Chrome browser to match a new tab wallpaper, not your device’s wallpaper.

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First seen by Redditor u/Leopeva64-2, you must first enable the chrome://flags/# customize-chrome-color-extraction flag. Users can then select the “Customize Chrome” button near the bottom right when opening a new tab, then choose a wallpaper to display on each tab.

Once you’ve enabled hidden features and selected a wallpaper, the color scheme persists in the Chrome desktop browser interface, the address bar, and across different tabs as you browse the web. And while color customization was technically possible before, this makes things easier and somewhat automatic.

Google is finally expanding the colorful fun of Material You beyond its Android operating system. We don’t know when (or if) this will be integrated into the stable version of Chrome for everyone, but there’s a good chance we’ll learn more about it soon.

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