Google has removed document editing from the mobile web version of Google Docs, opting instead for a banner encouraging users to download the official app from the Play Store. The move makes sense, since that’s how they’ve treated Sheets and Slides for a while now. But if you were hanging on and still editing your Google Docs in Chrome, looks like you’ll have to install the app now. Read more
After using a mobile browser for some time, you may notice a slight drop in speed and performance, particularly due due to cache, cookies, and history. It can get even worse if you don’t have the luxury of HSPA+ or even LTE speeds, as 3G and 4G networks can be subject to a lot of hang ups and sometimes even disconnects.
No one wants to deal with slow Internet speeds, though. When trying to access information quickly, it can get severely frustrating, especially when you’re trying to share a video with a friend, only to be met with the annoying loading indicator. Fortunately, there are a couple of handy ways to speed up your mobile browsing, regardless of what type of network you’re on.
Earlier today, Google pushed out an update to Hangouts. This update applies to the Chrome version of the application only and works on PC, Mac or Chromebook.
Google has updated their Hangouts app in Chrome with several new UI tweaks, bringing it more in line with how things look on Android. The material design influence is very apparent, and they’ve implemented a tabbed view for checking your recent conversations, active conversations, and the Hangouts dialer. Read more
Part of the power of Chrome on the desktop are the extensions that add to the functionality of the platform. Google made it possible for the extensions to sync across devices so users have the same tools available to them whether on a work computer or a home computer. One shortcoming surfaces as soon as a user opens Chrome on their mobile device. Although accounts and bookmarks will sync to the mobile version of the browser, extensions do not and the Chrome team says this is not expected to change. Read more
The Chrome browser is a most versatile piece of software, one can find an extension to satisfy almost any need via the Chrome Web Store. Because of its rising popularity though, Google was forced to take the step of disabling the side-loading of extensions for Windows users in May of last year. Following on from that, Google has just announced on its blog that from July onwards, both Mac and Windows users will only be able to install extensions for its web browser directly from the official Chrome Web Store.
Ever ready to listen to user feedback and then ponder whether or not to include said feedback in subsequent product releases, Google announced today a new Chrome User Experience Surveys extension that collects user experience data on Chrome. So it’s not just a clever name.
Those of you that like to always have something new before anyone else will be excited to know that Google has released the Dev channel version of Chrome for Android.
The Dev channel has always been available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and ChromeOS, but now Android users can finally get in on the fun.
Google has released a new, open source Chrome extension to help keep users a little safer from phishing attacks. The new Password Alert extension, which works with both regular Google accounts as well as Google Apps accounts, will notify a user if they have entered their Google password into any site other than an authentic Google sign-in page located at accounts.google.com. Read more
Google has announced the release of Chrome Beta 43 for Android, which supposedly brings some hefty performance improvements to the mobile browser. One of the most common complaints leveraged at Google’s browser is how sluggish it can, so any improvement there is a good thing.
Not only will overall performance improve, but Google has made checking out with Google Wallet even quicker. Personally, I tend to use apps for any kind of purchasing, not the browser on my phone, but some of you may prefer to get it all done within the browser. If you’re one of those users, you’ll definitely appreciate this update. Read more