Google unveils Chrome OS update “Athena”

Google’s Chromium OS team has shown off a potential new UI design that brings Android L features to Chrome OS.

Dubbed Athena, the project will introduce “a new kind of user experience”, according to François Beaufort, who is working on the project.

Beaufort’s posting is accompanied by a screenshot of the “first draft” of Athena, which shows “a collection of windows with some simple window management”.

The UI is flatter than previous versions of the company’s desktop OS and is also quite reminiscent of the recently unveiled Android L mobile operating system.

Android L is based on the new Google “Material Design” cross-platform design language, which was unveiled at Google I/O.

Unveiling Material Design, Matias Duarte, VP of design at Google, told developers users would already know their way around their app “no matter what screen they use it on” thanks to the shared design features.

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