Ready to try the latest version of Chrome for Android, but don't want to wait for the updates to hit the stable channel? No worries – Google just released an official beta channel for Chrome for Android. This new channel should "release early and release often" according to the Chrome blog, so you'll always have the latest build smokin' out of Google's servers.

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Of course, "beta" comes at a cost – sometimes it's at the cost of stability, sometimes it's at the cost of borked features. Basically, if you plan on running this build, be ready for some bugs. The first build is based on Chrome 25, and according to the Chrome Release blog, is sluggish and slow on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, freezes often on some Qualcomm chipsets, and breaks some sites (among other things). That's just a taste of some of the breakage that you'll get from this release – but look on the bright side: it's new Chrome!

The beta channel is live in the Play Store – get started below!


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.

  • Danny Holyoake

    inb4 apk teardown

  • McLean Riley

    Chrome beta crashes. How is this different from the Chrome already in the play store? I mean I love it and use it, but I bet it crashes at least 3 times a week on my GS3 and Nexus 10

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      never crashes for me on the note 2

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      The normal version has never crashed once on my Nexus 4. I'm using the beta version primarily now, though.

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      The normal release is pretty stable on my Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.2.1

    • Lte_Addict

      your phone and tablet are defective, my s3 and nexus 7 never crash on chrome

  • Angel Gonzalez

    Ojala Google lo haga compatible con ARM6 como lo hizo Firefox

  • BrianLipp

    I hope this doesnt freeze and crash the Nexus 10 like the other Chrome version does.

    edit: nevermind, within seconds of opening it on the Nexus 10 it froze and i had to hard reboot, just like with normal Chrome. Guess im sticking with Dolphin Beta for now...

  • Xavier Spruill

    So according to the Chrome Release Blog it's exactly like the regular Chrome.

  • Raloc

    It's still a flaming pile of garbage compared to virtually every other browser on the platform. Laggy, stuttery, unable to keep up with scrolls, crappy acceleration in scrolling, large amounts of blank squares as it loads, hangs when doing basic ui tasks like opening the address bar. Just garbage.

    • Stylus_XL

      If they can solve the lag/speed issues, Chrome will the best browser experience on Android. It has huge potential.

      • chlo1ber

        The lag/speed issues aren't the only problems. The UI itself is also lacking. Just compare the time you need to get to your bookmarks on Dolphin or the HTC Stock browser compared to Chrome...that's just one example...

  • Nicolas Simon

    Installed it on my GS2. I've only used it for a few minutes but I can already tell it's much faster, lighter and smoother than before. Looks like I'll finally switch to chrome as my main browser now.

  • Dominic Powell

    It get significantly better sun spider and browser mark scores so far.. ~1500 average sunspider and ~100000 on browser mark on my nexus 4 was averaging 1800 and 85000 before. I am not rooted.

    • chlo1ber

      HTC One X (International), unrooted on JB Sunspider:

      HTC Stock: 1079.4
      Chrome Beta: 1231.0
      Chrome: 1483.5

      An improvement, but still not there yet.

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

    All I want from Chrome until I can start using it as my primary browser is extension support. Can we have this? I'll even help test it, Google. That's what this Chrome Beta is for, right? RIGHT?

    • moelsen8

      quick controls.. only thing holding me back!

      • chlo1ber

        Yup, the controls are bad. I'm comparing it with the Stock browser on HTC One X (once you activate the Lab setting). The browser on the One X is just awesome compared to chrome. You can control everything with just your thumb. Half a second away from your bookmarks, history, everything. And it syncs your bookmarks with your desktop chrome browser too!
        With chrome on the other hand...it's cumbersome to open your bookmarks, which is, imho, one of the most important thing on a mobile device: quick access to your bookmarks. Dolphin does it, HTC's stock browser does it but Google fails somehow with Chrome.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      @archon810:disqus extensions is the only reason I still use dolphin. And it's only for ONE extention, Lastpass. If I could get LP on chrome I'd switch in a heartbeat.

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

        Exactly the same reason.

    • marcusmaximus04

      I'd like NaCl/WebGL support...

  • bachinphx

    Doesn't even open. Continuously crashes! Fail!

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I'm kinda disappointed in this new Chrome. The main reason I liked using Chrome over the stock Browser was because of the enlarged text that didn't require me to zoom in when viewing in portrait. And enlarging text using the Accessibility settings (both within the stock Browser and Chrome) always makes websites look funky, so it's a shame that the naturally enlarged text has been removed from Chrome, but I guess they had to render pages differently in order to reduce scroll lag. It runs fine otherwise on my Galaxy Note II.

    EDIT: Actually, I take most of this comment back. It seems that some webpages it has smaller text when it used to have large text, and in other webpages it has larger text when it used to have smaller text. I assume this is just a bug from it being in Beta, maybe?

  • mgamerz

    Normal chrome never crashes on my cm10 gnex. Its a bit sluggish when typing. But it isn't that bad. Beats the stock browser.

    • fixxmyhead

      no it doesnt

      • mgamerz

        Stock browser doesn't sync tabs or bookmarks. Try flashing ROMs using and using the stock browser.

        • fixxmyhead

          so what i hardly even use my computer these days. the stock one is still faster and even does flash too

          • mgamerz

            People still use flash? Only thing I can think of are for videos that aren't on youtube... which there appears to be only one kind.

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          • moelsen8


          • mgamerz

            but correct.

          • moelsen8

            Hah sorry I misread and thought it needed yo be pointed out

          • Stylus_XL

            Yeah that side of the web hasn't really embraced HTML5 yet. It's a shame.

          • marcusmaximus04

            Well, it depends. Some have and some haven't I foun.... I MEAN I DON'T DO THAT

    • http://www.facebook.com/ygor.vaz.3 Ygor Vaz

      unfortunaly, I use the stock android on my gnexus and the chrome is far slower than the stock browser. Again, IN MY gnexus.
      Edit: But I've never seen a crash, neither on chrome nor in the stock browser.

      • mgamerz
  • Mr_snubblez

    it feels smoother, the only drawback is that the tab switching and opening has become more laggier on my Galaxy Nexus

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

    Lightning fast on the N4 so far.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

      I'm having some sluggishness but overall it's better.

    • pHyR3

      really? I tried it, buggy and laggy on the n4, normal chrome is quite nice though, i find. Probably because it's the default browser.

      • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

        Really? On my N4 I find it loads faster and better at scrolling. I've picked it as the default browser

  • Andrew

    I can confirm it's sluggish on the Galaxy Nexus.

    • http://twitter.com/Codexx Cody Curry

      Works fine on mine. Faster than regular Chrome.

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        Stock or custom ROM?

        • Andrew

          I'm on AOKP 4.2.1 with Leankernel.

  • mgamerz

    Accesses cloudprint. Perhaps it will have built in page printing now.

  • yahyoh

    OMG i got 862ms on sunspider O_O on my Gnote2


  • mattdonders

    And if you notice the version number matches the desktop version number - I believe this is what they were talking about merging the Chrome platforms.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    It does feel a bit sluggish on my Galaxy Nexus, especially when swiping between tabs or when closing them.

    It doesn't feel as responsive as the main release.

  • Bryce Mrozinski

    Working pretty well on my GS3 I747 w/ Cm 10.1! No crashes or sluggish performance. On par at least with regular one. Only thing I've seen is some weird formatting on some webpages I visit regularly. i.e. m.espn

  • Garry DeWitt

    Yeah, it's a piece of shit. Typing this out on a gnex with it. Sunspider perf is improved dramatically though. 1600 ms in stable chrome, 1500 in the stock browser, and a whopping 1200 in beta, if they can get the ui responsiveness up to stock browser levels it'll be great.

    It's a start, Google.

  • Tyler

    What they need to do before chrome is considered a good browser is make it so you don't have to load the new tab page every time you open a tab. That is my biggest pet peeve is when i open a new tab and it has my most visited and i have to wait for it to load to click the icon. They also need to fix the overall sluggishness and problems with iframe before I can use this as my daily browser.

    • Ryan O’Neill

      I agree about the new tab page. It takes so long just to open the app, and for what? My bookmarks are all stored on my phone!

  • Magnus100

    Still doesn't have text reflow after pinch to zoom

    • Jon Butler

      That's because text reflow is a different gesture -- you need to double-tap a textblock.

  • Kenny O

    It made sign in four times before it opened, but its now running really fast on my Nexus 7. Going to try on the N4 tomorrow. Not sure if its a placebo effect, but it seems to open pages a lot faster.

  • Marat Levit

    I don't know what it is about Chrome that makes it so varied for different devices. I had this on my SGII running CM10 and it would FC daily especially when clicking on text boxes and brining up the keyboard.

    No on my N4 I haven't seen a single FC. It's the smoothest and fastest browser I've used.

  • Barry Gilpin

    Seems quite good on TF 101. Haven't put it on my Galaxy Nexus yet.

  • p0izn

    Switching between tabs is awful - i don wanna wait every time, my life is too short. (N7, cm10.1)
    Sorry for my English

  • Haybarner

    It's really quick on my S2.

  • Pedro

    still slow as hell. Firefox beta is way better. But I stick with stock browser

  • Soylent

    Instant FC when I try to access the Settings. (N4, CM10.1)

  • Lte_Addict

    its pretty fast on my glaxy s3, i like it

  • Biba

    Is it already possible to open webpages in desktop mode by default? That's my only major problem with Chrome currently.

    • Biba

      Forgot something: is it possible to disbale the "feature" that when you scroll to the left too quickly it goes to another tab? Or did they at least make it work the other way too?

  • Jason

    Running great on my Nexus 7 and Nexus 4...