Google Chrome’s download UI may soon become very similar to Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome is updated quite frequently with new features and fixes, which is expected given its wide usage. Google usually tests new changes, even minor ones, in the Canary and Dev channels before they are rolled out globally. Now, it looks like the company is exploring a new UI for active downloads, which would make it quite similar to the one present in Microsoft Edge.

Currently, when you download files through Google Chrome, they are displayed at the bottom of the window during the download progress and after it is completed. However, this behavior may soon change if a Chromium commit is anything to go by.

As spotted by eagle-eyed Redditor u/Leopeva64-2, the Chromium Gerrit has a new patch on adding a download icon to the toolbar. Some of the notes in the patch and the comments in the code itself are as follows:

  • Added foundation for download toolbar icon as part of download UX redesign. This CL only tracks the status of downloads and produces a disappearing icon in the toolbar.
  • // Whether to use download bubble instead of download shelf.
  • // Download icon displayed in the trusted area of ​​the toolbar. Its lifetime is tied to that of its parent ToolbarView. The icon is made visible when downloads are in progress or when a download has been initiated within the last 24 hours.

There are also references to a “RingProgressBar” variable.

It seems very likely that Google will move Chrome’s download UI to the browser toolbar instead of the bottom of the window. The download icon will also change to a simple ring, where the solid ring will indicate download progress. Overall, these changes would make the download UI very similar to the one present in Edge, which already has a ring download icon in its toolbar. However, it remains to be seen if these changes will make it to the Stable channel in their current state, if at all.

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