Chrome is changing its logo for the first time since 2014, although the changes are pretty subtle. According to The Verge, instead of incorporating shadows at the edges between each color, essentially “lifting” them off the screen, the red, yellow and green are now simply flat.
Due to these changes, the blue circle in the middle appears to be larger. The logo colors also look more vibrant.
Some of you may have noticed a new icon in Chrome’s Canary update today. Yea! we are updating Chrome brand icons for the first time in 8 years. The new icons will start appearing on your devices soon. pic.twitter.com/aaaRRzFLI1
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Chrome’s main logo will also not look the same on all systems. On ChromeOS, the logo will be more colorful to complement the other system icons, while on macOS, the logo will have a small shadow, making it look like it is “coming out” of the dock. Meanwhile, the Windows 10 and 11 version has a more dramatic gradient to fit the style of other Windows icons.
According to The Verge, the new icon can be seen if you use Chrome Canary (the developer version of Chrome), but it will start rolling out to everyone else in the coming months.
There are also some new icons for the beta and developer versions of the Chrome logo, with the most dramatic change being a blueprint style icon for the beta app on iOS.
From 2008 until now, the Chrome logo has been getting simpler and simpler. What started out as a glowing three-dimensional emblem has been reduced to a 2D symbol.