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Password and autofill sync - features that have been in testing in Chrome beta for Android since last month - have finally come to the stable release channel of Chrome for Android. The password sync option isn't appearing for me yet, though the Chrome Blog post on the update suggests it may take a few days for the new features to roll out to everyone.

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The official Chrome Releases blog details the changes (well, as detailed as they usually are), below:

  • Password Sync
  • Autofill Sync
  • Fixed issue where blank page would be loaded rather than URL
  • Performance and stability improvements

The update also brings Chrome for Android up to Chrome release 26, basically bringing it to parity with the desktop version. To  adjust the sync behavior, go into the settings menu and tap on your account name, then the 'Sync' label. Both of these are a big plus, and while Chrome may not be the quickest Android browser on the block, its robust feature set is hard to argue with.

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  • Scott

    I don't care about anything except if there's any performance improvements to the scrolling, zooming and loading pages.

    • Angel Penabad

      I will stick on v18 until everyone confirms smooth while scrolling. After that version, it's been much worse.

  • yahyoh

    "Performance and stability improvements"
    thats joke , the Performance still the same as the first android beta -_-

  • http://twitter.com/m_sahai Jiggy

    I don't have password sync in Chrome Beta as well! Have had that browser forever but the password sync hasn't appeared even though the last update had it in the release notes.

  • http://twitter.com/glaringradiokid Steven Snowdon

    "Performance and stability improvements"

    Really? Because since the update came in on my phone about 10 minutes ago, the main websites I browse now run like absolute crap, even moreso than before.

    • fixxmyhead

      Yup some pages have been freezing when scrolling too fast on nexus 4 stock rom rooted

  • Ambroos

    It also fixed a rendering bug which made everything look pretty unsharp on XXHDPI devices. It might also have a small effect on XHDPI devices but is most likely not noticeable.

  • kamiller42

    In other news, several Firefox related things have been happening that Google Police seems to ignore.

    1. Firefox 20 for Android released. (Password sync with Mozilla Sync works great as always.)
    2. Mozilla and Samsung team up to create a new render engine called Servo.

    3. Last but not least, Mozilla celebrated 15 years of Firefox.

    If I followed other non-Google browsers, I would provide news on them. Feel free to add citizen reporters.

  • PhilNelwyn

    I tend to trust Google, but I won't update Chrome until I'm sure of the reason why it now asks for permission to take photos/videos...

    • fixxmyhead

      probably tied with google search/now for better results since google now has the google goggles incorporated in it.

      • PhilNelwyn

        They have updated the changelog:

        “Note: This version requests two new permissions, Camera and Modify Audio Settings, to support WebRTC, an experimental feature under development.”

  • http://twitter.com/ro1224 Robert Oliveira

    I'm still confused. I have Chrome for Android and Chrome Beta for Android. Are these one and the same or two separate applications? And which one is getting the updates? (oO)

    • Simon Belmont

      Chrome is the stable build. Chrome Beta is like a bleeding edge preview, but it can be buggy.

      They are separate. They both receive updates.

  • Disqus Sucks

    Maybe I'm hallucinating, but I could swear that Chrome on Android has always synced my passwords from my desktop...

  • http://www.NotesOfGenius.com Malinda Alahakoon

    I was waiting till this come out..

  • http://www.NotesOfGenius.com Malinda Alahakoon

    Seems lots of people have performance issues Chrome for Android. I've been using it for years with a Galaxy Nexus and I have no complain.

  • Christian De Angelis

    Has everyone else missed the new permission? Chrome can now take photos and videos. Looks like they're trying to bring WebRTC to Android soon?

    • Simon Belmont

      “Note: This version requests two new permissions, Camera and Modify
      Audio Settings, to support WebRTC, an experimental feature under
      development.”

      Permissions explained. No tinfoil hats required.

  • Edward

    Google, read my lips. You are wasting the screen space by keeping the address bar visible all the time and not implementing the full screen.

    • SK

      No thanks, I very much enjoy access to the address bar all the time. Maybe as an option, but not the only choice.

  • http://twitter.com/sterpazook sterpazook

    Still NO PASSWORD SYNC in Chrome for Android
    Chrome for iOS had it since the first release

    • Simon Belmont

      Uh. Isn't that what this update provides?

      It says in the article "password sync." Pretty sure that's a new feature for this release on Android.

      • http://twitter.com/sterpazook sterpazook

        Except it DOES NOT
        Try and see

  • meijin3

    Did they ever bring SPDY to Chrome Stable?