Wednesday , June 6 2018

Chrome for Android gets the material design treatment


Google has released version 37 (yes, thirty seven) of Chrome for Android, and while it contains the usual bug fixes and other improvements that we typically see in a Chrome release, perhaps the most noticeable change is the implementation of Material Design into the Chrome layout; you’ll notice when you start Chrome next that it looks rather different.


Other new features include improved single sign-in, so that signing in to Chrome automatically signs you in to a number of Google sites as well. The rest are bug fixes and performance improvements which should become more obvious as use goes on. I’ve been using the new version today and it certainly feels just that little bit quicker and more refined than the previous version.

Google Chrome: Fast & Secure
Google Chrome: Fast & Secure
Developer: Google LLC
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Maybe that’s just my perception. What do you think?

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.


  1. Why the hell did the remove the shortcut REFRESH button

  2. Bookmarks that I have on my homescreen as shortcuts to sites no longer work. Annoying. It just opens chrome whenever I click on any shortcut

  3. Cool, now if only the desktop version of Chrome got a visual refresh. It’s been ugly for years.

  4. The whole interface is a lot cleaner but I’m not too impressed with a few things

    Used to open up to my bookmarks page, not anymore.
    Apparently you can swipe tabs to close them. This doesn’t seem to work.
    The address bar provides suggestions before bookmarks.
    Bookmarks page has lost all the site icons. Even visiting sites several times does not restore them. Takes just a bit longer to find what I’m looking for.

    Still can’t reorder bookmarks.

    Anyone got around these issues?

  5. the main menu is annoying, you must tap, should be able just to long press and slide to desired item

  6. I dislike how upon opening a new tab, the search box is not automatically selected and keyboard brought up. You need to hit the now, centred search box again for same gesture as previous version. First world problems sure, but I search within Chrome all the time and this is just added friction.

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