Here’s your first look at the new Google Chrome download UI
A few days ago, we reported that Google Chrome is getting a new download UI that brings it more in line with the download experience offered by Microsoft Edge. Essentially, the upcoming implementation includes moving 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 who are 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 eagle-eyed Redditor u/Leopeva64-2 noticed, you can now see download information in Chrome Canary’s toolbar.
As can be seen, the download icon is blue in color during active downloads (left) and can be removed when not. You can also see it in action in the GIF below:
If you’re wondering why the active download icon appears small compared to other toolbar icons, it’s because it will likely have a progress ring around it, as we discussed in our article. previous.
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 to be sooner rather than later if all goes well.