Official theme support now integrated in Google Chrome 3.0

The latest developer build of Chrome now includes an official option to install themes into Google Chrome. It was reported earlier this week by Neowin that Google is preparing to launch a theme gallery. It looks like this has happened with the release of build 3.0.195.6.

The option is offered under "Personal Stuff" and has the option to "Get Themes". Pressing the button redirects you to a webpage, that shows a whole array of new themes for Chrome.


Applying the theme is as simple as pressing the "Apply Theme" button below the chosen theme, and a ".crx" file is downloaded. A restart of Chrome is not required to apply the theme. To get this option, Chrome 3.0.195.6 must be installed, and you must be in the "Developer" build channel.

The release of this feature to the developer build channel indicates that a lot of work has been done, but there is still a lot to come. It seems to be very efficient and stable, and may progress to the main public builds in the near future.

Google Chrome is Google's flagship browser, based upon the Web Kit rendering engine, and touts the most minimal interface, and fastest browser start times.

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Instead of wasting time on theming (let the OS/Windowblinds/whatever take care of theming), Google should get their act together and focus on things that truly matter, like proper bookmark managing and extensions. Lots of people, including myself, will not seriously consider switching from Firefox before that is taken care of. I have never seen people ask for theme support. Ever.
What's the point of a single app theming system anyway? Do people actually like inconsistent UI's?

These themes are crap... I tried them all and ended up going back to default. LOL

Hopefully in the next few days, Chrome will release some good themes.

there's already an adblock greasemonkey script (called adblock+) for chrome. It actually works! You have to enable extensions and greasemonkey in chrome tho. That's done by "chrome.exe ––enable-extensions --enable-greasemonkey"

Can't wait for extensions to appear. Chrome makes Firefox feel real sluggish...

I'm sure themes will be off by default when support is released but the capability will be there. Hopefully they will let the community create their own themes.

These are as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

I've wanted themes since I installed Chrome but those screen shots look awful. I know it is just a developer build, so I am staying positive that when it is released it looks shiny.

FYI, I'm in the Beta channel not the developer channel according to the Chrome Channel Changer (chromechannel-2.0.exe) and I got the update today to 3.0.195.6, which includes the theme support.

It corrupted my profile within Chrome... I had to delete my profile to get the browser to work.

Not to mention, most of these are ugly as sin, and don't work with Windows 7 glass effects.

BornOfMaya said,
The first themes that come out are always ugly, lets wait for people to make more professional themes.

And how old is WindowBlinds now? I'm still waiting for some professional looking themes for that!

neufuse said,
This explains why googles sites are so plain... they can't get real graphic designers! *lol* jk

If you want pretty, go to Apple. If you want usability, go to Google. If you want neither, go to Microsoft.

cakesy said,
If you want pretty, go to Apple. If you want usability, go to Google. If you want neither, go to Microsoft.

Wow, that wasn't fanboyish at all.

I love how people like you conveniently ignore the dominance that IE6 had when it first came out.

jobarr said,
What the hell. 3.0 already and it still doesn't have basic options that all other browsers have?

What options that you consider basic is Chrome currently missing?

Shadrack said,
What options that you consider basic is Chrome currently missing?

Custom font rendering would be a good start. I personally hate viewing the web in anything except Calibri and Segoe UI.

Yet another example of non-OS level skinning that looks horrible. Didn't we learn from Trillian that custom UIs are always a disaster?

antareus said,
Yet another example of non-OS level skinning that looks horrible. Didn't we learn from Trillian that custom UIs are always a disaster?

Yeah, I would have to agree with you there. However, I think that Chrome looks better in Vista and 7 than any other browser does using its default theme.

I wonder when 3.0 is going to see release. I'm curious what else is new. I always play around with Chrome, but I go back to Firefox. lol

Well.. i dont use chrome.. but you got to give them a break. Im guessing they are focusing on freelancers to develop proper themes for the browser, while they just provide a few samples on what could be done. AND this is just their first release, although.. even the GMAIL themes suck.. soooooooo.. who knows.. lol

gotta agree with you.. don't like the themes but would assume(/hope) they're leaving this to the freelancers.

I don't even like any of the non-default firefox themes to be honest, though the new windows aero-esque ones do look nice

TonyLock said,
They are all a little lame.

You realize this isn't about the themes available, but that you can now create your own themes. I know, it is all very complicated world we live in, and most people here would never think about changing away from the Microsoft theme, but for others, you can now do it. So choice is a good thing, understand?

I can think of a s-ton of things Google should be focusing on adding to Chrome. Not a single one involves a seriously restrictive skinning system.

Pointless.

Fagutish said,
I can think of a s-ton of things Google should be focusing on adding to Chrome. Not a single one involves a seriously restrictive skinning system.

Pointless.

+1

Damn, I forgot all about that one.
I wonder just how many used and actually liked it (except for the blind users out there)...

they just made examples, thats only for test the skins and show that the skins are working, they don't need to be beautiful at the moment

stevember said,
All that moan about themes please design your own and share!

OR KEEP USING THE DEFAULT THEME.

Maybe that's what the user prefers.

stevember said,
All that moan about themes please design your own and share!

Thing is though it's just that the interface for Chrome sucks and these themes are making it even worse.