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Update 3/6/13: Chrome Beta was just updated once again with fixes to short flings that used to decelerate too quickly, password sync, and last but not least - broken Nexus 7 compatibility:

Chrome Beta for Android has been updated to 26.0.1410.28. This release contains a few new fixes including:

  • 180205 - Short flings decelerate too quickly
  • 180396 - Allow Nexus 7 to update to Chrome 26
  • 180403 - Fix password sync for users upgrading from Chrome 25 (This fix will roll out over the next few days)

If you're using the beta channel of Chrome for Android, you're in for a treat today: Chrome for Android now supports password sync and autofill, two awesome features that should make your mobile browsing life a lot easier.

Chrome for Android Beta m26

The toggles for these new features can be found in the Sync area of Chrome's settings, though Google says the feature is rolling out gradually, so you may need to wait a day or two before it actually works. The Chrome team also recommends that you be running the Chrome Beta channel on your desktop browser in order to ensure the new features function properly.

The changelog for the latest beta (version 26.0.1410.26) doesn't indicate any other changes in this new version, but we think the addition of more cross-platform syncing is more than enough for one release.

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David Ruddock
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  • Marc Kessens

    Updated on my N4 with no problems. For my N7 Google play shows not compatible with my device, which is odd... Can anybody else confirm this?

    • Claudio Nicolás Sepúlveda Huer

      Yeah, it's strange. The previous versions were compatible

    • http://twitter.com/therealJ4 J4R3D

      yeah it's being stupid currently... i'm sure they'll sort it out shortly guys.

    • BrianLipp

      they added the "Camera" permission which, i guess depending on the implementation, requires a back camera, which the N7 doesnt have. Its the same problem other apps had, like instagram. They just need to add the N7 to some "ignore this permission on this device" list or change it to ignore the "has back camera" check or something.

      • Daniel Williams

        Job Done.

    • glennv17

      Yep. Frustrating!

  • ndr4

    Not compatible with my tab 2 with cm 10.1 :(

  • Guest

    needs also chrome 26 on your PC to work

  • Jim Crossley

    still no quickcontrols! ?

  • http://twitter.com/clmbtti Cláudio

    Chrome://flags/ now shows off the Data Compression Proxy feature that François Beaufort mentioned a few days ago.

  • Sean Lumly

    This is a really convenient feature, and I'm glad to see Chrome continue to mature. However, until Chrome Beta can offer the speed and stability of the new Opera Beta on my Nexus 7, I'm staying far away from the UI freezes and 'not responding' messages.

  • Danny Holyoake

    You should NOT be using Chrome's password manager.

    All Chrome passwords are stored in plaintext. If you let me use your laptop in Chrome, I can view all of your passwords in chrome://settings. There is no option for a master password of any kind.

    • Sean Lumly

      I never really understood the reasoning behind this decision. Sure, I understand the basic idea: if your user account is secure, then by implication your passwords are as well, visible or not.

      However this assumes two things: 1) Your user account is secure (eg. 4 pin numeric password on Android lock screen), and 2) People never share their devices or leave them unattended. In my experience, people's Android devices are not terribly well secured (leading to potential disaster with all of their online accounts), and that they frequently let others handle their devices (A complete stranger allowed me to use his phone when I was turned around -- which I was grateful).

      I would be ok with it if the passwords remained fully hidden and impossible to see. But having them available in plaintext makes it too easy.

    • Alex Mocaby

      How does this prove that the passwords are stored in plaintext? Yes, they are displayed in plaintext in chrome://settings, and yes, I agree that the chrome://settings situation could be handled better, but shouldn't you be using the multi-user functionality if you let someone else use Chrome?

      • Sean Lumly

        Is the use of multi-user realistic to ask of less technical users that might hand their device to a less than trusted source? I don't think that many people understand the risks of letting an individual quickly look something up on the web, or make a quick phone-call, or try out their new phone, or take a picture, etc... And I doubt that they would switch to a pre-setup multi-user guest account to do it.

        Before I got my Android devices, I was very curious about Android and quite a few people let me freely play around with their devices.

        • Alex Mocaby

          Well, even less technical users know that when you give people your computer/phone, you give them your Facebook, Twitter, logged-in emails, etc. Sure, it's nowhere near the same degree as showing passwords (which, as I said before, I disagree with), but it's in the same realm. And in the Firefox version I'm using at work, Firefox does the same thing, except you get a prompt of "are you sure you want to show the password?. Browsers are becoming more personal, and people need to start treating them like everything else personal.

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

      It's not the browser's job to restrict access to a computer that has been left unlocked.

      If a user want to secure their password, they have to treat their computer as something personal, like a wallet.

      If you want to use my computer, use the guest account.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      I already don't use Chrome's password manager because I use LastPass, hope that Chrome Mobile will support some kind of plugins to allow LastPass to work seamlessly with it

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      I agree that Chrome has some major security flaws to be asking to store your passwords. I wish that Chrome for Android had a plugin support so I could use LastPass more effectively

  • Avri Roth

    Did anyone notice the new "take pictures" permission ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      Maybe they added the WebRTC feature to it (http://apprtc.appspot.com)?

      update: No, webrtc has not been implemented yet

  • Vince Donald

    Also said it needed a new permission - to be able to use the camera to take pictures or video.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    I also have been wondering about the new camera permission. Anyone find anything about it?

  • flippingthecoins

    Is there any option to change the new tab page of chrome? Its really slow

  • rahul

    Why chrome beta doesn't support Samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0

  • spydie

    not until they support flash

  • Wam31

    Right, because if there's one thing I want to give Google besides my e-mails, my location, my contacts, etc... it's my passwords !!!
    Why the hell not !