14
Jan
chrbeta

Well, that was fast – the beta channel of Chrome for Android just became a thing four days ago, and the browser has already received its first update. Granted, it's just a bunch of bug fixes, but it's still something.

This bumps the browser up to v25.0.1364.33 and fixes the following issues:

  • 164632 - Edit Bookmark is broken
  • 167351 - Youtube video controls are lost after returning from fullscreen
  • 167016 - Some Samsung Galaxy S2 freezes
  • 168062 - Double tapping on non-zoomable sites scrolls the page to the top briefly before returning to original position
  • 167379 - Sometimes tabswitcher is frozen
  • 166998 - Tab content stretched out while returning to it through side swipe gesture
  • 168632 - Crash - Stack Signature: TabAndroidImpl::FromWebContents
  • 168388 - Sync signed in info text's font size is too small
  • 168430 - Bookmark star icon doesn't turn grey/white immediately after bookmarking URL /deleting URL from bookmarks

Of course, it's still beta, and that can only mean one thing: there area still plenty more bugs to squash. You'll actually find a laundry list of issues over at the Chrome Release Blog that the Chrome team is already aware of and will eventually crush in its never-ending quest for browser perfection.

Godspeed, Chrome team.

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.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    It doesn't show up within my Note II's Play Store, but yet I can download it from the site just fine. Weird.

    • John

      That's a normal occurrence

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Chrome Beta doesn't show up in the Play Store for anyone. You have to have the link to download it. It's like an exclusive nightclub.

      • Justin Dugan

        It's like an exclusive night club where they forgot to close the back door.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Dear Google Chrome Team,

    Please please PLEASE incorporate the thumb navigation wheel from the original stock Android browser.

    Yours truly,
    Android users everywhere

    • nsnsmj

      Seriously. Quick controls are the reason I'm not switching to Chrome. That and flash support.

      Google should give you two options in Chrome:

      1) Quick tab switching by swiping from either the left or right edge of the screen (which Chrome already does), but you get no quick controls; or

      2) You swipe from either the left or right edge of the screen and get quick controls, which allows you more access to different functions of the browser, but you lose the slightly quicker tab switching that Chrome currently employs.

      • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

        I think tab switching buttons could be placed on the quick control wheel, in which case we could have the best of both worlds.

      • mikeym0p

        YES about the omnibar. It should behave like the search bar in Google Now IMO

    • QwietStorm

      Not a big deal for me

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

    I would also have included the Known Issues list in the article.

    I was hoping the new beta release would have fixed my issue, but it is still a work-in-progress.
    "Performance is sluggish, noticeably on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S"

  • mgamerz

    Would love for them to fix the hardware keyboard issues that plague both chrome and chrome beta. Can't even type a google search query on the site...

  • Magnus100

    Here is what Google needs to do ASAP

    1) Needs text reflow after pinch to zoom
    2) Needs to be much faster
    3) Interface could be a lot more intuitive- take a look at UC browser. Google could learn from it's intuitive gestures.
    4) Needs night mode
    5) Needs option to permanently enable desktop mode.
    6) needs save for offline reading feature.

    Sorely disappointed that Google products lack text reflow, even play books lacks this important feature. Hopefully these features get included as soon as possible. These would make this the best browser ever.

    • Razormike

      It has text reflow, but it only engages if you tap to zoom, it doesn't reflow if you pinch.

      • Steve

        You can also pinch and then double tap after that for text reflow, iirc.

  • umar zafar

    Hi. Is chrome and chrome beta are different?

    • akshay7394

      Yes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marianongori Mariano Gori

    It keeps force closing on my Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. Can't even get past the sync sign in...Anyone else having this issue?

  • anzensepp1987

    There is actually ONE big feature, that sucks extremely on Chrome for Android: the persistent address-bar...

  • Razormike

    I'd just like it if I could hide the omnibar.

  • kamiller42

    Mozilla released a new Firefox beta the same day as the first Chrome beta a few days. It didn't suck as much as Chrome beta 1, which required releasing a beta 2 soon after. Headline count: 0. Android news outlets: There are other browsers out there; some are, yes, overall superior to Chrome to boot.

  • Chris

    What is the difference between the chrome already on my phone and this one?