One of the most inconsistent things I’ve noticed on my Note 4 is that some web sites are hard to read. With varying formatting, it can sometimes be a process having to zoom in and out, moving the page back and forth, etc. Well Chrome for Android has your back as it now has a hidden reader mode. Reader mode will strip away that annoying formatting. Here’s how to enable it.
Google’s currently in the process of pushing out an update for its official Chrome for Android application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings faster web browsing, support for preloading pages in the background, additional Material Design animations and a plethora of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break below to see the full changelog.
Google is currently in the process of distributing a stability update for its official Chrome for Android client via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings a shed load of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations, as well as “additional Material Design updates,” support for battery status and screen orientation APIs.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
By now you have noticed that whenever you start typing a query in Google, auto-suggestions appear below. If you’re using the Chrome app on Android (and you should be), you will also get answers in this auto-suggestion area meaning that you don’t even need to complete the search. You will have to enable a flag within your app since it’s not set by default, but trust me, it’s easy.
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!