Slow and steadily, Material Design is making its way into the Chrome browser. Right now there is a behind-the-scenes update that brings the more polished look to the Chrome notification panel. If you aren’t familiar with this feature, it is under the bell icon in the taskbar in Chrome. It gives you notifications from other Google services like Google+, Google Photos and the like. Previously, this panel was pretty slow to load and frankly, looked a bit dated when you compare it to the beautiful Material Design look of other parts of the browser or even Google’s own websites. If you have the latest version of Chrome browser, you will get this update and will know you have it when you see a couple of visual clues.
First, the color changing orb that shows up when notifications are loading is gone. Now you a simple, clean progress bar at the top of the panel. Second, you will see your notification in sub-divided areas. So update for Google+ are under one section, Google Photos for another, and so on.