Google Chrome for desktop is getting a Material Design Make over very soon, as Google is bringing both platforms Closer (Android - Chromium). You can Now Enable the Material Design UI New Tap Page for your Chrome Desktop (version 38 or later).
To Get the New Material Design NTP, all you have to do is to change a simple flag on Chrome. Just go to "Chrome://flags" and Change "Enable Material Design NTP" flag from "Default" to "Enable" and you are done.
Google just released a New Hangouts App for Chrome Browsers and Chrome OS for Desktops. The App packs many UI changes (than the old extension) it also packs floating chats similar to Facebook's Chatheads feature, but for your desktop.
The premise is simple as the demo video below shows, a Hangouts bubble floats on the side of your desktop, opened from Google's Chrome app launcher, and subsequent conversations float above that. Users can click and hold to drag the bubble around and manage/participate in chats just like on the web.
Native app experience. Hangouts runs in the background and notifies you of new messages and incoming calls with animated notifications. Launch Hangouts from the Start menu, have it pinned on your taskbar and switch apps using Alt+Tab. Download it to your Desktop Chrome from Here!
Today, Google Now is currently rolling-ut to Chrome 33 stable channel users. Showing the same information cards as your Android smartphone.
Google Now on the desktop contains a subset of the cards you'd see on Android including package shipping status, weather, and directions to frequent destinations. The Chrome notification icon will sit in your Windows system tray or the OS X menu bar. If you don't have Google Chrome 33 stable click on the logo below to download Chrome on your desktop.