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Well would you look at that. Seems our favorite - but admittedly still flawed - browser just got itself a little update. No, it's not the developer update we mentioned yesterday (that would be fast) - it's actually just a little bug fixer.

This version update includes a number of stability fixes and performance improvements.

The early reports seem to be pretty good - we're already hearing that there's a noticeable performance boost. I personally don't have that many issues with Chrome these days (it has come a long way over the last several months), but I'll take any improvements they want to offer up.

The update's already live in the Store, so pull it down and let us know what you think.

[Chrome Release Blog; Thanks, Mitchell!]

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://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

    Hopefully this helps with the startup lag that seems to have accumulated over the updates since the app launched... I remember when it used to open blazing fast :(

    • XzinteR

      Definitely feels faster. No promises due to potential placebo effect

  • marcusmaximus04

    Scrolling is a heck of a lot better.

  • McLean Riley

    Fixes N10 problems?

    • kipsla

      What n10 problems? Haven't noticed any.

  • http://twitter.com/m_sahai Jiggy

    Scrolling is still horrible. On most pages, I flick my finger up or down as fast as I can, and the page on the screen barely moves up or down a few millimetre. Incredibly frustrating.

    • fixxmyhead

      yup. 100% agree this is why i use the stock one or dolphin on my s2. they always say "performance" fixes but this problem still exists. when are they going to actually fix it.

      • Román Rodríguez

        Dolphin Browser FTW. :)

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      Absolutely agree. I noticed that it only began to slow down in recent months. When Chrome first came out, it's much better than the stock browser. But now? I can't believe I had to go back to the stock browser to make mobile browsing more bearable.

      The funny thing is -- I actually find Chrome works much better on my Galaxy Nexus than on my Nexus 7.

    • Sam Lee

      Agrees on the horrific scrolling experience. First launch if the browser also takes a long time. Now I use Boat Browser as my default browser.

  • adi19956

    I'm sticking with Dolphin for the moment I think

    • http://aisjournal.com/ Aminul Islam Sajib

      The best I've used so far.

    • brian badonde

      Maxathon is even better than dolphin I think... Super smooth!

      • adi19956

        Meh. What's with that bar at the bottom? Just takes up space. I also think Dolphin is easier on the eye. I'll stick it out with Dolphin

        • badonde

          I like the full screen mode - allows for easy switching with the overview at the bottom and the pull down at the top for the address. Always crashes when I try to play videos :(

  • Luca Comellini

    When I hit Settings it FC's

    • http://twitter.com/erstam Erstam

      Mine did that too when I flashed stock browser. Works if I delte stock and return files back to normal.

  • Jake L

    Was experiencing regular crashes on my stock SII, and daring to search on Google.co.uk with Swiftkey would cause Chrome to freeze my phone entirely for 30-40s about 50% of the time. I switched to Dolphin, a hell of an improvement. Hopefully this fixes it, lack of bookmark sync is killing me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/weikiat22 Wei Kiat

      same for me :(

  • coversnails

    Chrome must be the only browser that doesn't see the need for a History button. No idea why! I know how to bring up the history but its very convoluted and not user friendly.

    • okungnyo

      Just type "chrome:history" in the address bar or bookmark the page for quick access. No biggie.

      • Gabriel Forgie

        Yes biggie, this is something that should not require workarounds. It should be a standard menu option.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

      I agree it's supposed to be convenient no unconventional. History is something I look back to if I need to know a recent webpage
      There should be a button

  • Godzilla35

    it's fast, finally !

  • Pedro

    Still slow as hell scrolling heavy pages, unusable tô me

  • Thomas

    Just a quick "not that scientific" test i get 1366.9ms on Sunspider with my SGS3, which according to Anandtech's Nexus 4 review is about 1384.1ms on the stock browser.

    I believe the tests are done on the stock browser, so basically it appears that performance is more in line with the stock browser.

    • overd0se

      The stock browser on the N4 is chrome, you have to root to install the AOSP browser, Anand did the tests with chrome.

      • Thomas

        I meant in regards to the SGS3 :)

  • http://twitter.com/theslobdogg Rob Alexandroid

    Won't got back to Chrome (from Dolphin) until they learn how to size text correctly.

  • moelsen8

    I just want quick controls damnit. Once you get used to them its so difficult going to any other browser.

    • NicholasMicallef

      Yeah, quick-controls and fullscreen browsing are just awesome especially on JB, no idea why the hell they didn't include them as an option! Hopefully CM 10.1 includes the "stock" browser (no idea what to call it since it's no longer actually stock xD) otherwise browsing on a phone is going to suck.

      • moelsen8

        AOSP browser. You can still install it and it works fine with root access. I think it mucks up chrome a little bit if you do though, but I can't leave it because of those features. You'd think if they're going to replace the "stock" browser with chrome, they'd bring over all the features it had too.

        • NicholasMicallef

          Yeah I wouldn't have minded them just adding chrome sync to the AOSP browser and the chrome color theme and just calling that chrome, chrome sync is pretty much the only thing which convinces me keep chrome installed on my devices...

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Aha ... I just noticed something. Did any of you who experience extremely slowness on Chrome using the web page preload feature? I was playing around the setting and after I check it off, Chrome became much faster!

  • http://twitter.com/NoBullet NoBullet

    They fixed the 'edit bookmark' option. It used to go to an error page.

    • okungnyo

      Yeah that was annoying (and unbelievable that nobody complained, or that Google didn't fix it for MONTHS).

  • Bakaouji

    Still heaps of lag on Androidpolice. This site is so bloated.

    • John

      Haven't heard any word about it lately but I believe they're working on a redesign.

    • PhineasJW

      Sorry to agree, but I don't understand the reason having 1000 pixels of nonsense separating the end of a post from the comments.

      • Gabriel Forgie

        But what if one of the slightly related posts from a year ago is something we want to see?

    • Simon Belmont

      Try TechnoBuffalo. Their ads are so inefficient that my modern laptop chokes on it when Adblock Plus tries to block them.

      AP is a bit slow to load, but it's gotten better. At least it doesn't choke Adblock Plus.

      • http://wakoopa.com/yo2boy yo2boy

        The Verge doesn't even have ads and it lags.

        • Simon Belmont

          The Verge loads MUCH faster for me than TechnoBuffalo does. Chrome, on my laptop, especially loads it fast.

          It's not AS fast as other sites, but it's not horrible. I do notice that it pounds the router when it's loading though. Probably tons of analytics going. That's my guess.

  • koko

    i cant beleive almost 2013 and google browser is still the way it is..

  • PhineasJW

    Sunspider performance. Nexus 7.

    Before: 1699ms
    After: 1663ms

  • http://twitter.com/Razer_X Razer(x)

    Mine keeps crashing when i try to go in settings :/

  • http://ortizol.wordpress.com/ John Ortiz

    I like Chrome, but it freezes a lot of times. I hope with next updates, its performance and stability enhace.

  • Rupin87

    Dont know what everyone is talking about. I dont use the browser much, but chrome on my galaxy nexus works perfectly. No FC , lagging, or anything. Didnt know there were so many issues

  • Montygue

    Ugh. Since its still shit, any other app that will allow me to sync tabs with chrome?

  • zack

    Here it stop having the keyboard crash problem.

  • http://twitter.com/FelixErik Erik Felix

    Never had any problems with Chrome. Updated it today. Had my first 5 crashes. Great!

  • Tizzfitz

    Still lacks of reader mode as Firefox does...

  • smeddy

    My Galaxy Note runs smoothly on JellyBean. Open Chrome, and two minutes later I need a reboot

  • Jon

    I'll stick with firefox, thank you. It started really poorly, but now it´s an awesome browser with very little bugs, and smooth as hell. I tried the update and still pretty jerky scrolling, and completely unresponsive when loading a page.

  • Boluskaart

    On my note 2, Chrome runs flawlessly. But why is it still impossible to load desktop version of webpages by default, and why can't I disable the annoying "feature" which takes me to another tab if I want to scroll to the side?

  • Zakariya

    Perhaps I'm one of the lucky few but I've generally been pleased with chrome on my gnex (yakju, stock) and this update seems to have made it even better (so far)

    The startup lag seems to have reduced and loading/scrolling seems to be quicker/smoother

  • aku

    I stopped using Chrome last week after I encountered issues with several websites displaying flash. So I got FF instead and installed flash on the side. Seems to work great except Chrome has a more user friendly interface IMO.

  • DuncanPerkins

    I didn't think I had any problems on my S3 with chrome, I thought every one else was crazy pants, then I tried stock browser, and I was like, hey chrome, FUCK you.

  • Jhay

    Strange that Chrome for Android is still buggy even if both the browser and Android are made by Google.

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/JTHolroyd/TileStoneWork JessSayin

    But still no ability to set a Home Page. ..and no, I don't want a bookmark icon on my home screen. Stock browser still works great.

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