Google just pushed a small update to its Chrome browser that brings a handful of tweaks and fixes, as well as a couple of enhancements:

  • Location preference now integrated to system level Google apps location setting.
  • Youtube videos controls now work in full screen mode; videos continue playing after a screen lock/unlock
  • Fixes to make third-party IMEs work better with Chrome

It's all pretty much straightforward, but you may be wondering what an IME is. That's actually just an abbreviation for Input Method Editor, which is a fancy way of saying keyboard. So, it has improved support for third-party keyboards. Cool.

Update: Turns out that this update also improves on Chrome's sandboxing feature, creating a safer browsing experience and keeping malicious code at bay. This will automatically happen on all Jelly Bean devices. It also fixes several other issues in the security department; a full list of fixes and rewards has been posted on the Chrome Release Blog. Here's a quick look at the fixes:

  • [$500] [138210] Medium Information and credential disclosure by file:// URLs. Credit to Artem Chaykin.
  • [$500] [138035] Medium Current-tab cross-application scripting (UXSS). Credit to Artem Chaykin.
  • [$500] [144813] Medium UXSS via Intent extra data. Credit to Takeshi Terada.
  • [$500] [144820] Medium Information and credential disclosure by file:// URLs. Credit to Takeshi Terada.
  • [$500] [137532] Medium Android APIs exposed to JavaScript. Credit to Takeshi Terada.
  • [$500] [144866] Medium Bypassing same-origin policy for local files with symlinks. Credit to Takeshi Terada.
  • [$500] [141889] Medium Cookie theft by malicious local Android app. Credit to Takeshi Terada.

There are also some very, very minor UI tweaks (spotted by Ron and his eagle eye). The tabs are a little more squared off, the X has been moved ever-so slightly, and there's a bit more drop shadow. Like I said, very minor.


This version also removes the "report an issue" box from most screens, as well as adds an "import bookmarks" option to the settings page.

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The update is live now, so go ahead and grab it.

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6706714 Ofir Fatal

    Looks like Swiftkey is working better with it. I was having issues up till now with random inputs being inserted when I hit the backspace key several times in a row (HTC EVO 4G LTE running rooted stock rom)

  • John

    Chrome + SwiftKey seem to be working well these days?

    • PacoBell

      Not my copy. The "fix" causes my cursor to jump around now randomly, it seems.

  • fixxmyhead

    damn ron must have OCD or something. nothing gets passed him. i would never notice these little changes if it wasnt for him

  • mesmorino

    As long as it works well with Disqus comment boxes, it'll stay. Otherwise it'll get kicked right out again

    • jusatin

      Just stopped working for me :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I personally stick with the stock Android browser known as Browser. Though it's always nice to see Chrome mature on any platform.

    • John

      Agreed. I like having the ability to use full screen + quick controls. They having become a necessity in my mobile browser needs.

  • Asphyx

    when are they going to get to allowing us to set desktop mode as the default?
    This should be standard in every browser by now!

  • Paul_Werner

    I don't know about you guys but on my Nexus 7 and my Epic 4G I had issues before with the default android KB coming up for some things (Disqus, google.com after one search was made showing the results, TrakT.tv, etc) but now it seems to work flawlessly. One of my biggest annoyances is fixed now.

    Now if only they will let me set desktop mode to always load so I don't have to switch this constantly on my N7 I'd be even more stoked

  • asd

    Stock browser on gnex 4.1.1 is still faster
    and this is not a good news bacause i love the tab swiping in chrome

  • Luke

    Until they let us hide the url bar, I'm not switching to Chrome.

    • John

      Yeah. I'm surprised they don't at least add an option to change this. I know it would make them have to rethink a few other UI changes but still, it'd be a welcome option.

  • Ryan Fino

    anyone know if it fixes the lack of spacing inputted when using Swype in the chrome search bar?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1535589726 Bryan Linden

    Please make chrome work with the slide function on the GO keyboard. I prefer its customization as well as it's ability to know what I'm typing. I can't remember why I switched exactly for each, but I've tried swiftly flow, slide-it, and the Samsung keyboard previously. The GO keyboard fits best for me. Hate taping out words when I'm used to sliding.