Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chrome for Android Beta Update

Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.18.4409.2396 (Chrome 18.0.1025.133) on Google Play.  As mentioned on the Chrome Blog, this update includes a number of new features, as well as the following changes:
  • Allow for download of files to the device
  • Complex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) text support in rendered pages
  • Enable old-style YouTube embed content to be played via native YouTube app
  • Support for country-specific suggested search engines.

Known issues:

  • 115732 : External links don't open in new tabs if multiple links are opened
  • 113041 : No way to auto-hide the toolbar
  • 114964 : Error pages are not optimized for mobile / Android devices
  • Other notable issues listed here
If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.  More information on Chrome for Android is available on the Chrome site.

Srikanth Rajagopalan
Google Chrome

28 comments:

Alexander Kuzmin said...

So laggy on Prime... Stock browser much more useful and faster.

Soudani Akram said...

Waiting for Flash support...

Chris Trummer said...

Flash support won't come, since adobe stopped supporting mobile devices.

That and flash is old... html5 is the way to go!

Cracker said...

Any chance for Froyo version ?

mariox26 said...

and how can i watch on some video without flash,any help with that?

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rrobe said...

Well, 'add to homescreen' doesn't create an "app" like icon ('apple-touch-icon') but a smaller, uglier one that I wouldn't keep on my homescreen.

On iOS HTML5 web apps can be displayed between apps. I'd like to be able to deploy HTML5 (offline capable) web apps without futile native webview wrappers. A customizable shortcut icon, like on iOS, would be a great first step!

Aside from that, RAM usage and CSS transitions/animations performance are the major issues with my Nexus S, even with only one or two open tabs.

About Flash, I couldn't care less about it, go on with HTML5 :)

Keep up the good work, just remember people like us, who bought a device a year ago... our phone has 512mb of ram, be gentle!

Long live the web.

Cheers from Italy!

Steve said...

Much faster than stock browser for me on Galaxy SII, but inability to hide address bar, especially in landscape orientation, makes me stick with the stock browser

Frank Brown said...

How about Extensions and Web Apps? Some news on the coming support of these would be appreciated!

CDL said...

Getting better! It needs saving sites for offline reading.

Bug: Weather search doesn't work. It usually shows links instead of showing weather conditions right away.

GiPi said...

That would be nice to be able in the future to select to "Download this file on my Google Drive", when it will launch so when we go home by example, the file we wanted would be just right in the Google Drive folder (If that's how it'll work, of course).

Nick Miller said...

Would be awesome if you could incorporate the quick controls that are in the ics browser

Jubz112 said...

how can we send pages from chrome beta to the desktop chrome?

betalb said...

Thank you for updating your favorite browser, but when the Russian localization appear?

Michael Cleland said...

I love it guys, Chrome is super on z Android.

Feature request: a browser history (or am I just blind and can't see it?)

Jack said...

screw old technology. embrace the new. if people want it bad enough, let them pay to upgrade the hardware. focus your engineering/programming craft on us latest technology adopters, do not waste time with adapting a model to froyo and other wastes of time and energy like that. thanks.

Jack said...

I Don't care about quick controls, sending to desktop or russian localization. just improve the english mobile version and get it to play video. thanks.

Jack said...

offline, weather, extensions and web apps don't matter one wit to me so please don't waste your time focusing on it. focus on going gold so no more mobile beta. just my 2-bits. please FOCUS. thanks.

Vijay Kantavil said...

Please have search engine sync in the next iteration - being able to have access to my search engines and bookmarks stored within the search engine manager via the keyboard shortcuts is very handy.

Matt DeVillier said...

looks like this version doesn't work (crash on start) on any MDPI/LDPI devices, so pretty much all tablet users are out of luck until they release a fix =/

stinky73 said...

So every website in the world that currently uses flash is of no interest to this browser... Not much point in using it at the moment in that case regardless of what the html5 junkies have to say on the subject as flash tho no longer supported is still the most widespread technology on websites! Plus the latest version fc's constantly.

alias four said...

Can there be an option to have "request desktop version" always on?

The stock android browser on android 3.x worked this way.

Thank you.

JvJaarsveld said...

I also think it would be great if there could an option to turn to "request desktop site" alway on.

JenLawVatic said...

please make it compatible to all android users. thanks :)

taras.z said...

Works great on my skyrocket. Love the tabs, way easier than dolphin. But I'm sure many of us would appreciate plain text links to auto linkify. I know plain old chrome doesn't have it and I still need an extension but it would be great for the Android version to have it natively.

olivier said...

please add quick controls
it's so great on the ICS browser

olivier said...

Please add quick controls as this browserdoes, this is the best browser interface
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beansoft.browserpluspro