As you can see in the GIF below, you’ll notice some minor tweaks to the entire interface, including rounded buttons (and a rounded search bar), along with some blue accents throughout. There have also been some minor changes to the main message view, compose setting, new topic button, and thread panel in direct messages and rooms.
Google earlier this week too announced a new chat feature which allows Space Managers to create announcement-only channels, kind of like what you can do in Slack. This seems like a handy way to keep all members of a team on the same page, as having a dedicated space for announcements means you don’t have to scroll through a bunch of conversations to find an important update.
That said, the design update doesn’t bring any unpredictable changes, but if you notice Google Chat looking slightly different as the new design rolls out over the next few weeks, at least you’ll know why.