Yesterday Google released the first beta of Chrome 37 for Android. The most obvious change: It's now using the 'Material Design' introduced at Google I/O this year. I've been running it on a Nexus 5 running 'vanilla' Android 4.4.4.
First thing you notice: The icon has changed. It's been flattened even more.
The tool bar has been modified as well. Here are Chrome 36 and Chrome 37 in comparison.
Notice a few things missing in the new version? So did I when I first used it. First thought: 'Where has the Stop/Reload button gone?' Well, Google decided to move it from the URL bar to the menu:
I'm not too sure if this is a very clever idea. It's bound to confuse some users.
Also missing: The tabs icon in the tool bar is missing the number of open tabs (though I suspect that's a bug).
The tab switcher is now designed similar to the app switcher in Android L:
Since I'm running the browser on Kit Kat the open tabs don't appear in the global app switcher yet.
On the whole Chrome 37 beta on Android works just as well as the stable version. Whether the user interface updates are an improvement is in the eye of the beholder. I'm sure there will be small changes and fixes between now and the release of Chrome 37 to the stable channel.