Just over a year ago, Google introduced the Material You design, which was introduced with Android 12 and refined on the Pixel smartphones with the well-known dynamic effect. But you don’t want to limit yourself to smartphones, you want to bring the Material You design to other device classes – including Chromebooks. Now there’s the first hint of Material You in Chrome OS, including dynamic theming.
The Material You design was a big step that should shape the surfaces of Android and some apps for a few more years until Google brings the next evolutionary stage. One focus of Material You is dynamic theming, which adapts the coloring of all elements to the home screen background image. The algorithms choose the dominant color, and some secondary colors and from them create a color palette that is used for the design.
Now there is a clear indication that the Material You Design including this theming should come to Chrome OS. A corresponding flag is in the works to try this out in Chrome OS Canary for the first time. Details are not yet known, but it should probably be about the color adjustment of windows and menus to the background image. Since Chrome OS has been using transparency effects for a long time, this may not be so necessary, but it could be offered as an option for a uniform design.
However, it cannot be assumed that the large Material You-typical elements will come to Chrome OS because the requirements on the desktop are completely different than on the smartphone. A colored taskbar alone could make a big difference on Chrome OS.
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