The latest version of Chrome for Android may not have the longest or most exciting changelog, but it will certainly make for a better user experience. With the latest update comes better text rendering for websites that do not have a mobile version, something that has been an issue for quite some time now.
Google announced today some new features that are being added to the Chrome browser on both the desktop and in the Android version of the browser. On the desktop, Google has added a new menu item in the right-click popup menu that will let users “Search Google for this image.” Users could already search by image via the image results page. This change makes it much easier for users to access that functionality and they will be able to initiate the search from any web site.
Not too long ago we heard about a web data compression feature Google was testing out. It was only available to Android 4.2 users, however, so not many of us got a chance to play with it. After some digging around in the source code for the latest Chrome browser, it turns out that Google has somewhat implemented the data compression feature into Chrome for anyone to try out.
It’s a little tricky to get to the setting, as there’s no actual UI for turning it on yet. In Chrome, type chrome://flags in the address bar, and from there you’ll be able to switch the flag on to start data compression. All HTTP websites you visit will then be sent to Google’s proxy server to be intelligently compressed and optimized for Chrome, then sent to your smartphone, speeding up the web loading process as well as consuming less data. Pretty handy trick if you’re dealing with a data cap from your carrier.
Hopefully we’ll see this feature make it into the stable release of Chrome before long.
source: Google Developers Blog
- Performance is sluggish, noticeably on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S
- Frequent freeze on devices with specific versions of Qualcomm GPU driver
- Text autosizing may break formatting on some sites
- 164632 - Editing bookmark feature is broken
- 165244 - Text position handler jumps or disappears when moving
- 163439 - Clicking on links in yahoo.com not navigating on Nexus 7
- 166233 - Unable to submit comments on Facebook posts in desktop version of Facebook
- 165244 - Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
- 167351 - Youtube video controls are lost after returning from fullscreen video mode
- 162486 - iframe scrolling broken
Source: Google Chrome Releases
Due to Motorola RAZR i’s Intel Atom CPU, Google’s Chrome browser for the device currently won’t work as you’ll be given the “Package file is invalid” prompt upon installation. I suppose that’s to be expected when Motorola brings in a new CPU into the game with the Intel Atom. So far, here’s what Motorola had to say regarding the issue:
There is not a version available that is optimised for Intel. We expect it at in-store launch or shortly thereafter.
I would fully expect an update to Chrome in the near future to fix the incompatibility issue. For now the RAZR i’s stock browser will have to do for you Chrome fans. Once the update is pushed we’ll be sure to let you all know!
Is Chrome for Android your choice when it comes to a browser for your Android device? If so, it has received a nice maintenance update today that improves stability along with some security updates. The version is called M18.1 and includes, but not limited to:
- Location preference now integrated to system level Google apps location setting.
- Youtube videos controls now work in full screen mode; videos continue playing after a screen lock/unlock
- Fixes to make third-party IMEs work better with Chrome
Head on over to the download link or QR code and give it a shot if you haven’t already!
Google and the Chrome team are now happy to announce that Chrome Browser for Android is finally out of beta and ready to download in the Google Play store. The version is 18.0.1025123 and is available only for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.x) and up. This update picks up where the last beta build left off and offers plenty of bug fixes, slight UI changes, and several key changes for tablet users.
I’ve loved Chrome for Android ever since it was first released and I am thrilled to finally see it out of beta and as the stock browser for the upcoming Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Any of our readers fans of this app?
Google Chrome for Android Beta has been out for only a couple of months but has already proven to be a very capable browser. Recent updates have added the ability to view the desktop versions of web sites as well as adding bookmarks to the browser’s home tab, not to mention the usual round of bug squashing. Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai had the following to say in an interview.
“We launched beta 2. We addressed a few things. Mainly right now, I’m driven by bug quality and stability. We are triaging, tracking, and trying to make it very stable. It is in a matter of weeks.“
Chrome for Android is only available for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a relative rarity in the Android ecosystem, but it has gotten very high marks by users of the platform. Check out our own review of the browser.
Google upgraded Chrome for Android Beta to version 0.16.4301.233 today, and those of you with custom ROMs can rejoice. A previous update in February broke Chrome for many custom ICS ROMs, but this update apparently fixes that incompatibility. Much better to get an official fix than to have to do a manual workaround.
Though there’s no official changelog yet, Google did post the following on their Google Chrome Releases Blog:
Primarily focused on bug fixes, this update addresses issues in the compatibility check which prevented Chrome from starting up on some versions of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google also listed some known issues, most notably the lack of a way to toggle between mobile and desktop user agents, and YouTube links not prompting for which application to use.
It’s good to see Chrome getting better and better with regular updates, though I do wish it supported Flash for completeness. Download link and QR code after the break.