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Has Chrome OS become ugly?

Chromebooks and Chromeboxes have done very well in terms of sales at Amazon and other retailers. But what about Chrome OS itself? Google has made some changes to it over the years and one redditor is wondering if Chrome OS has become ugly.

420blazeitquickscope asked his question about the current look of Chrome OS:

I remember getting a Chromebook in 2013 and loving how awesome the UI looked compared to the flat boringness of Windows 8 (which I know I probably shouldn't say in a subreddit full of Material Design fans.) It just looked refreshing with the soft gradient touches and handsome glass window decorations.

Nowadays it's gaudy, in-your-face colors that look like a bad theme for Windows 10. And yet, it follows Material Design to be "minimalist" but somehow ends up feeling much less minimalist than 2013 Chrome ever was. Minimize buttons to imitate Windows, and I dunno. Maybe I'm just a big stupid idiot for thinking this.

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His fellow redditors shared their thoughts about the appearance of Chrome OS:

KatsumeBlisk: "I honestly like them both. I like the transparency, but I also dig how Material Design looks. A more unified Google look is better in my opinion."

Reygle: "I really hadn't noticed having used it through each visual change. I have to say- I don't really mind. I agree that material design is amazing on Android, but maybe not amazing on a laptop or desktop screen.

I'm just thrilled that they can do so much more (and so much more quickly!) now.

I really never thought I'd buy another ARM Chromebook after having used the Samsung for so long, but I did and I'm just pleased as punch with my C201. The changes they somewhat recently made to the display compositor has made ARM books (Yes, even the Series 3 Samsung) feel really zippy and responsive compared to before, so I'm quick to forgive things like the new Files app and the floating launcher."

ExploringDev: "I think the new search button is ugly."

Baseballandfreedom: "...material design is pretty awful on larger screens. It just ends up being a lot of wasted space."

Mogwai: "I love chrome os but I think it needs a complete visual overhaul with everything material at once rather than one thing being ever so slightly updated every couple of months."

Yusoff: "...material design is ugly."

Nthpower: "Google has gotten a lot more colorful of late. I'm indifferent to it."

Me2: "Yeah..it looked much better with transparency effects..."

Gargenville: "I don't know how much truth there is to this because design trends seem to have been going in that direction anyway but a lot of people claim Microsoft came back from all the transparency and blur shenanigans of Vista/7 to a much flatter look because the PC market moved from desktops to laptops and it was eating a lot of battery. If that's actually a thing it would make sense for a what, 95% mobile OS to not have a ton of resource-hogging transparency effects."

Balefrost: "OTOH, MacOS has been ramping up the transparency effects, and it's a very popular laptop OS. And I'm not an iPhone user, but my recollection is that iOS similarly uses a lot of transparency and blur. Surely it's only necessary to recompute that if the window itself moves or if the thing behind the window changes. Maybe Microsoft's repaint detect code wasn't very good?"

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