Here’s your first look at Google Chrome’s new download UI.


A few days ago, we reported that Google Chrome is getting a new download UI that makes it more in line with the download experience that Microsoft Edge offers. Essentially, the upcoming implementation includes moving the download information from the browser shelf – where it currently resides in Chrome Stable – to the browser toolbar, next to the omnibox.

It looks like Chrome users eagerly anticipating the change won’t have to wait too long, as Google has already started building and testing the feature in Chrome Canary. As spotted by eagle-eyed Redditor u / Leopeva64-2, you can now see the download information in Chrome Canary’s toolbar.

Screenshot of the new download UI for Google Chrome and 039

As can be seen, the download icon is blue in color during active downloads (left) and can be deleted when it is not. You can also see it in action in the GIF below:

Google Chrome New Download UI GIF and 039

If you are wondering why the active download icon appears small compared to other toolbar icons, it’s because it will likely be surrounded by a progress ring, as we saw in our previous article.

As it stands, it remains to be seen how long it will take Google to develop and test the new download experience before rolling it out to the Stable channel. Implementation is clearly a work in progress, but we can expect it sooner rather than later if all goes well.


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