Google has redesigned Chrome browser icon after a gap of 8 years. That’s nearly a decade! First introduced in 2008, Chrome established its dominance in the Internet browser space and soon became very popular. It’s now leading with a global market share of 64.06 percent.
What’s changed in the redesigned Chrome icon
The change in logo design is apparent to users who downloaded the latest Canary test version of Chrome. There’s no radical change in the color scheme, with red, blue, green, and yellow still being the primary colors. However, the saturation level has been enhanced by a bit to make it more accessible.
Some of you might have noticed a new icon in Chrome’s Canary update today. Yes! we’re refreshing Chrome’s brand icons for the first time in 8 years. The new icons will start to appear across your devices soon. We simplified the main brand icon by removing the shadows, refining the proportions and brightening the colors, to align with Google’s more modern brand expression. we also found that placing certain shades of green and red next to each other created an unpleasant color vibration, so we introduced a very subtle gradient to the main icon to mitigate that, making the icon more accessible.
Google has added subtle gradients to the green and red portions of the icon. Plus, it has done away with the shadow part and chosen a flatter design that’s in line with the company’s other products. In addition to these changes, the logo has a larger blue circle in the center. In all, the change is to make the new logo appear more lively.
OS-specific customizations for the Chrome logo
We want the icons to feel recognizably Chrome, but also well crafted for each OS. For example, on Windows, the icons take on an obviously gradated look, appearing at home on Windows 10 & 11. On macOS, they look 3D. For Beta and Dev, we applied colorful ribbons to them. On ChromeOS, they use brighter colors without gradients to match the looks of the rest of system icons, tweeted Elvin, the designer at Google Chrome.
It’s interesting to note that Chrome also hit its 100th version in the Canary channel last month and the announcement seems to be an occasion to mark the milestone rather than a simple redesign exercise. On macOS, the symbol will look more three-dimensional.
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