Chrome for Android version 43 brings Touch to Search and quicker checkout [APK Download]

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If you’ve been using the beta version of Chrome for Android, then like me, you’re used to seeing the ‘touch to search’ option appear whenever you highlight some text to copy & paste. If you’ve been content using the stable channel of the Chrome for Android browser however, you’ll be happy to find out that this ‘Touch to Search’ feature is present in the latest version that is rolling out, Chrome 43.

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Google opens up code for Chrome for Android

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Google’s Chrome for Android development team has announced the mobile version of the Chrome browser is now “almost entirely open source.” The parts not open sourced include some media codecs, plugins, and Google service features that are restricted due to licensing issues. The team open sourced over 100,000 lines of code, including the entire user interface layer. For developers, this move means they can built their own versions of the browser for Android devices. Read more

Chrome team discusses latest Chrome 42 update for Android

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Last week Google released an update to Chrome for Android taking it up to version 42. At the time it was noted that a couple new features were added, including support for push notifications and quick home screen icon creation. The Chrome developers have followed up on that release with some more information about how and why they see these additions as a step forward for the browser. Read more

Here’s how to enable the hidden reader mode in Chrome for Android

google_chromeOne 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.

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Google’s Chrome Browser update is now live on the Play Store

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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.

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Chrome for Android update brings “additional Material Design”

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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.

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Get answers to your questions much faster in Chrome for Android with hidden experimental feature

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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.

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Google rolling out updates to Chrome for Android and for the desktop

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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. Read more

Latest Google Chrome for Android Beta features data compression for quicker web browsing

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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