New Update Google Chrome Canary gets Mica material on Windows 11

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A couple of weeks ago, a CL on Chromium Gerrit suggested implementing Windows 11's Mica and Mica Alt in Google Chrome, making the browser's tab strip more visually appealing. It did not take long for Google to bring the suggested change to fruition—the latest Chrome Canary builds already feature the fan-favorite eye candy by default.

Google's Mica implementation in Chrome Canary looks similar to what Edge once had. The browser features a translucent material with colors derived from your wallpaper, creating a subtle, aesthetically pleasing effect with a low impact on hardware resources. And since Mica and Mica Alt depend on your wallpaper, the result is always unique and personalized. Here are just three examples of how the material reacts to different backgrounds:

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Google disables the Mica material in Chrome due to high power consumption
Several weeks ago, Google brought the Mica Alt material to Chrome Canary on computers running Windows 11 version 22H2 and newer, significantly improving the browser's look. However, the new visuals have one hard-to-ignore downside: with Mica Alt enabled, Chrome consumes more power and drains your device's battery much faster. For that reason, Google decided to turn off the updated looks in Chrome Canary.

A new CL on Chromium Gerrit (via) reveals why Google has pulled the eye candy from its browser. According to the post, the change requires more optimization before it ships to all customers enabled by default, and the power usage in its current state "may not be good enough."
 

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