Do you like Google’s Material Design? No, do you REALLY like the Material Design so much that you’d like to have it everywhere, even in your browser? Surely you can install a theme to re-skin your Chrome or Firefox, but that will only give you the Material look, not the Material feel and experience.
If you’re a Linux enthusiast, you’ve probably heard about Papyros - an upcoming Linux distro with a strong emphasis on the Material Design. It’s still in a pre-alpha state, but you already can test Papyros’ default browser - Liri.
Liri is an open-source, cross-platform web browser written in Qt/QML, using QtWebEngine, based on chromium engine, with QML-Material framework. Even though it is developed for Linux and Ubuntu phone users in mind, Windows and OSX owners can check it out. At the current development stage, Liri looks very minimalistic and doesn’t have the advanced functionality of other browsers (such as extensions, accounts, etc), but that’s just yet.
The main reason to use Liri browser now is that you get a browser developed in compliance with most of the Material Design guidelines. This mean that all of the elevations, shadows, the responsive animation, transitions and depth effect are present and look as if you are using an Android Lollipop. However, that almost all you can get right now.
The browser’s new tab page can be used as a speed dial, but you previously have to add sites to the bookmarks. As for the Settings, they are quite minimal. You can change the default search engine, switch the primary and accent colors, turn on/off the address bar and dashboard (which serves as a bookmarks bar). “Theme-color” support can also be enabled which will make Liri’s interface color adapt to the site’s palette, similar to how Vivaldi browser does this.
Liri in no way can replace any of the browsers you might be using right now. You get only the most basic functionality, but we can expect the project to develop in future. If you want to speed that up, you can contribute to its development on GitHub or help with the translation.
What do you think about Liri Browser? Is there any other Material Design software worth the attention?