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A mysterious update for Chrome for Android just landed in the Market; at this point, though, it's not entirely clear what this update does, as a changelog is seemingly absent from the listing.

Update: Here's the changelog:

Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.16.4215.215, picking up changes that have gone in through Chrome 16.0.912.77.  Beyond the Chrome changes, this update contains:

  • Android Beam support - now beam URLs from Chrome to other devices with NFC.
  • Support for additional countries
  • Compatibility checks to ensure system prerequisites for Chrome are met
  • Essential bug fixes

Known issues

  • 112923 : No way to toggle between mobile/desktop UA
  • 113140 : Youtube Links Do Not Prompt For Which Application to Use
  • 113132 : Chrome for Android beta doesn't support configured proxy in wi-fi settings
  • Other notable issues listed here

Screenshot_2012-02-07-16-12-27

What we do know, however, is that the update brings Chrome up to version 0.16 and it appears to break support for devices running custom ICS builds (such as CM9). Otherwise, we're assuming the update offers the normal bug fixes and performance enhancements that we all gladly accept. Just after updating, the browser does appear to be a bit more snappy, but that could just be the placebo effect at work, considering details of the update's contents are absent.

If you're device supports it, go ahead and hit the widget below to grab the download.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Citrus Rain

    Still going to see if it works on my stepdad's CM9 kindle.

    ...since it previously wasn't loading any pages at all.

    • Ben

      Same for me on my Desire Z when I was running a MIUI ICS alpha. My Transformer tab works perfectly with Chrome, though.

  • Evan

    I'm on CM9 nightlies for crespo4g and its working just fine for me :)

  • Dru Kelly

    I know Chrome Beta is still in beta (duh). I was able to run the previous version on the Kindle Fire running ICS. But now, I get this: chrome-beta-.16.png

    • Hal Motley

      LOL!

      That's is a funny error.

  • Josh

    That sure makes me afraid to update it! Maybe I'll go back up the .apk first with Root Explorer or something... (Sure I could use backup software, but meh..)

  • http://abrah.am Abraham Williams

    It is a security update. You can see the desktop announcements corresponding to the Chrome version numbers. It looks like Chrome for Android is about a month behind Chrome desktop.

    16.0.912.75: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2012/01/stable-channel-update.html
    16.0.912.77: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2012/01/stable-channel-update_23.html

  • Marc

    Still not available in The Netherlands... Can somebody upload a .APK file of this update?

    • Marc

      Nevermind, got it installed via the Android Web Market.

  • Tony

    Working fine on my Xoom with a CM9 Kang :)

  • Renze

    The biggest change I see is that it is now available outside the US.

  • skitchbeatz

    Broken on CM9 prealpha for the Captivate.

  • John

    Definitely does seem quicker. SO much that I've switched back to it for now. Hope it continues to improve....................WITH CHANGELOGS next time

  • [TSON]

    Broken on my Touchpad :(

    • http://gthing.net sam

      Are you running the latest alpha? (Alpha 2 I believe)

      • sgtguthrie

        I am, Droid life pointed out its not working on devices with no official ics build on them...WTF is that! Come on google!

  • Sarriel

    It brings chrome for mor countries: Now i am able to install it from market (Slovakia)

    • Sarriel

      ok, my mistake, since I have foreign sim card, I was able to install it on my phone (Czech republic), Slovakia still unsupported...

  • Sam

    Works on Inspire 4G.. Icecold sandwich

  • Mattadoren

    Works like a charm to update from market on a Swedish GSM Galaxy Nexus!

  • Hary Ayala

    I'm on ICSSGS and it's running perfectly fine after the update.

  • Wr3ck

    Broken on CM9 Alpha 4 for Epic 4g (with keyboard)

    • Ray

      Not for me. Works fine on mine.

      • Wr3ck

        Well now that they've updated it to Alpha 5 it works again as they've noted in the chagelog

  • Aeires

    My Transformer got ICS this morning, going to download this when I get home!

  • sgtguthrie

    I find it a bit disturbing that it breaks compatibility with cm9... Hope that's something small, and not intentional. I don't remember a Google app breaking with an update before, and I've run nothing but custom builds for about 2 years!

  • heldros

    Works fine on my NS and I'm able to download it directly from the market (Belgium)

  • Leonid

    Can someone post the APK?

  • Kenny O

    It's working on my Sensation running Virtuous Inquisition v3.5.0 ICS (4.0.3)

    • Kenny O

      And it's very, very fast....installing on my T Prime now

  • devilEYE

    im outside US and i can download latest version via Market if i have already installed the old one. When uninstalled, its not possible to install again.

    ...latest version still has this strange "shaking" scroll and it hanging out.

  • http://abrah.am Abraham Williams
  • Kree

    on aokp on a cdma gnex and its working fine for me

  • newspeak

    working great on CM9 crespo latest nightly

  • http://www.markgillespie.co.uk Mark G

    Still runs like crap compared to Opera Mobile.

    Opera is the top dog, with smoth scrolling, smooth zooming and proper reflow, it also does flash...

    • Pelican

      Opera worshiper...

      Opera is huge and slow to launch. When I'm switching to another task and back to the Opera - guess what? - it reloads itself again. Slowly.

      Also the thumbnails on the starting page never get updated.

      Have i mentioned that Opera is incompatible with many sites on the Internet? Take Google search and Reader for example.

      But, wow, we have smooth scrolling that almost every other web browser has.

      Sorry, Opera worshiper, Opera sucks big time. Nothing has changed for so many years in this matter.

  • Randy W

    Broken on aospX and Ascension ICS. First version still works but update does not.

  • markus

    Fix your build.prop and stop complaining.
    ro.build.id=IML74K and your are good.
    Changelog is here too, so update that titel.

    • http://www.funiaste.net Terrible Monster

      Thanks, Markus! :)

      • http://www.funiaste.net Terrible Monster

        Thanks but no thanks... It doesn't work this way...

  • presidenthomeboy

    There is a changelog, they give a link to a website that shows updates as well as known issues.

  • LeonardKrum

    http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/search/label/Chrome%20for%20Android

    Changelog...
    Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.16.4215.215, picking up changes that have gone in through Chrome 16.0.912.77. Beyond the Chrome changes, this update contains:
    Android Beam support - now beam URLs from Chrome to other devices with NFC.
    Support for additional countries
    Compatibility checks to ensure system prerequisites for Chrome are met
    Essential bug fixes
    Known issues
    112923 : No way to toggle between mobile/desktop UA
    113140 : Youtube Links Do Not Prompt For Which Application to Use
    113132 : Chrome for Android beta doesn't support configured proxy in wi-fi settings

  • Ivan

    Finally they've added Russian Federation for these beta tests. After ICS update for my TF101 I've managed to install this gorgeous browser! Works fine an all of my devices: Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Transformer. The only issue I've noticed is that on my Nexus S this Chrome is less laggy! Seems strange for me but pages scrolling is much smoother on Nexus S. Still it is a great job from Google. Hope to see Chrome as a default browser on android devices and hope that they will add mobile/full version options and offline mode as it is in current ICS browser.

  • Luly

    Works on my Galaxy Nexus stock 4.02 perfectly and it's EVEN FASTER than the version before.

    I'm seriously amazed...

  • Lavi Wolf

    @Cameron: Can you provide us the apk?
    It's not available in my coutry... :(

    I do NOT understand why Google does this "selection" bullshit.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    i miss the youtube links launching the youtube app, also market links, usually i find them here, do not launch the market app but you can still do you plan to do but I like to use the app more

  • Riccardo, B. Desantis

    It finally is available here in Italy too!

    By the way, I did test it using an APK on my Nexus S 4.0.3 stock, and it used to be muuch slower in my opinion... now it really is snappy and all, and it even works with Facebook now! (it used to keep the scroll up, and it was impossible to use)

    2 thumbs up!

    (and, thanks for letting us know about the update!)

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