Material Design is Google's attempt to unify design across its products. We've seen the first of it with Android L, but it won't be too long before it shows up in other products. A screenshot for an upcoming experiment of Chromium OS, called Athena, shows what it might look like with a touch of Material Design.

Chromium evangelist François Beaufort posted a picture of Athena to Google+ earlier today. You'll notice the minimal controls and decoration for the window. A launcher bar also appears on the botton of the screenshot.

What are your thoughts on this early image?

Source: +François Beaufort Via: Engadget


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Project Athena is the Chromium team's experimental redesign of Chrome OS


I'm guessing this is a bare bones structure for the new "Material Design" version of Chrome OS. Looks like it still has a long way to go until the next gen Chrome OS is ready to launch.

I managed to get Chromium installed onto a spare HP Spectre I have and I'm loving the current generation thus far.

I got my Chromium source from he has both 32-bit and 64-bit and not only builds new images regularly but has a dev server that serves updates for both the 32-bit and 64-bit verions.

Seems that he has taken the mantle up from Hexxeh who hasn't done anything on Chromium for awhile. I do hear he is coming out with a new version sometime in the future.

My only complaint about Chromium at the moment is the battery life on my Spectre is about 30-40% lower than with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Not sure why that is except that Chromium probably doesn't handle the Core i5 processor as well as Windows does. I know I hear my fan spin up while I'm doing nothing so it seems the proc is still running despite everything being fairly idle. Don't trust it's sleep mode either... still drains battery like nobodies business. But, the screen looks great and the performance is great too.

Thanks for the info. I'll try it out once I get a new hard drive for my mom's old laptop.

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This is clearly a very early build (at least in design terms) - just look at the placeholders for new icons. I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt here - right now it looks like a half baked Linux distro, but give them some time to work on it and polish it all up and hopefully it'll turn out well.

Still looks petty barebones to me. I guess the finishing touches for material design aren't done yet

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Obviously early. Still, though, not a fan of the way the apps stack. Trying to turn the chrome for mobile multi tab view into a full desktop metaphor isn't my favorite. Let's hope there's more to it.

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I still don't get why they just can't use Android instead of creating a new OS that they have to maintain. At the end of the day, the goal of the project was to merge both together anyway. So why have trips separate operating systems???

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