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If your device is running Android 4.0, you'll be glad to know that Chrome for Android beta received an update in the Play Store just a bit ago that brings a few new features, one of which many users have been waiting for: user agent switching. This means that no longer are you stuck on the mobile site, as you now have the option of choosing how to load sites. Yay!

Also included in this version is:

  • 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.
  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.

Also included in the update is support for 31 more languages, and the beta is now available in every country that has access to the Play Store.

[Chrome Release Blog, Chrome Blog]

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.

  • anon

    still no GB support? im not interested :D

    • KreeTerry

      I seriously doubt it will ever have gb support.  from my understanding chrome for android has many 4.0 only api's.

  • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

    Sounds like they're reaching feature parity with the stock browser. I suspect it'll be out of beta soon and included as the stock browser in the next version of Android. :D

    • Tee

      If they only could add the exit-button to it. Take Opera, take xScope, take Dolphin, take Ninesky and lots of other browsers. I wonder why Google has decided to leave the exit-button out of both of their browsers...

      Personally my browsing experience ruins if I need to hit the back-button a million times before I can close the browser.

      And before anyone wonders why I need to close the browser instead of letting the OS close it. I'm just used to it. And as long as there are choices that work the way I prefer, I use them. Probably I'm not the only one...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        This. One million times this.

      • http://thefuj.com/ the fuj.

        I have the setting turned on for kill the open application when holding the back key. Very helpful for this.

  • Jerry Lange

    Woohoo. Market links work too! I'm guessing all links will work now. ibcam finally uninstall ics browser+ and set gc as my default browser.

  • sssgadget

    Where is UA switching option?

    Nvm it's only there when you open a new tab..

    • mkln

      seems to be "request desktop site" from the dots menu. so I guess no default setting? and by the way, I'd like website-specific UA setting. nobody does that.

      • NuLLnVoiD

        Boat browser does that. Try it. It's fast and resource friendly. I saw that it just updated to 3.0 today and is starting to support add-ons like Dolphin.

  • http://www.nightshadelabs.com/ David Shellabarger

    And if you are looking for a convenient Flash workaround for Chrome check out the newly released Flashify. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nightshadelabs.anotherbrowser

    • Mduran1023

      Oh man, thanks for pointing this out.

      You are officially my hero of the day!

  • Kees

    Still wandering when they with have a tab bar on the phone like on the tablet version...

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com Aj Meadows

    Nice. Chrome had kept crashing on/rebooting my NS4G on a lot of the ICS roms I had been running, but this update seems to have fixed that issue on AOKP, so that makes me happy.

  • Raphaël Briand

    Is there still no history? Since no-one's complaining about it I assume it's already a feature and I just can't find it.

    • Mduran1023

      I couldn't find any history either. Though only a minor annoyance for me...

    • Jason

      Hold the back button on your phone, This gives you access bookmarks and history.

  • mgamerz

    A new commenting system! Thank god! Also, great update.

  • Zaatour36

    Finally!! RTL :D

    I'm gonna re download it now, man without RTL support it was a no,no, for me!

  • Bala

    this version crashes @ 160 dpi , previous versions were working fine @ 160 dpi..... using galaxy s2/cm9

    • Mihai B2

      i have the same problem on rom anarkia v.rx5. is terea a workaround?

  • deX

    Testing .. DISQUS and the new Chrome. :)

    Bah. Looks like you need to have a DISQUS account and you can't login using twitter. Also, DISQUS doesn't work in Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. Why, AP, why did you change something that worked great? :(

  • Jerry Lange

    Also it seems a lot faster. I can now close all 15 tabs i leave open in like 3 seconds instead of like 7. because it seemed to partially load them when i was in tab view mode. 

  • João Luís

    New in this version: now it supports keyboard shortcuts. As a Transformer owner, it is a very important update! Perhaps you should include it in the aricle!

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