Well guys, after lots of wishing/hoping/praying, fullscreen is finally available on Chrome for Android. The phone-specific feature made its way into Chrome 27 – which currently just hit the beta channel – alongside a few other useful features:

The Chrome Team is happy to announce the promotion of Chrome 27 to the Beta channel for Android. Chrome 27.0.1453.49 contains a number of great new updates including:

  • Fullscreen on phones - Scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
  • Simpler searching - Searching from the omnibox will keep your search query visible in the omnibox, making it easier to edit, and show more on your search result page.
  • Client-side certificate support - You can now access sites that require you to use a certificate and Chrome will allow you to select an installed certificate
  • Tab history on tablets - Long press the browser back button to view your tab history

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Of course, there are still some known issues that will likely be worked out in future builds:

Known Issues:

  • Noticeable lag in text entry on some text fields
  • chrome://history sometimes show duplicate items
  • Opening tabs is sometimes slow
  • Pages may flicker sometimes, especially during navigation

The update is live in the Play Store now – head below to get it!

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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.

  • Ruperto17

    I hope that the full screen can be optionally turned off. I've never liked it and it's not really needed, unless you're using a 3.5 in screen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      Not needed? I stare at dual 20" monitors all day, so when I pick up my phone to look at a website on my phone (because my work blocks it), my 4.7" screen is tiny and every pixel counts.

      Besides, this "fullscreen" is kind of a mislabel. It just hides the navigation bar when you scroll down and shows it when you start to scroll up. Your browsing experience has not been negatively affected.

  • Kcls

    Now THIS is enough for me to make the switch to the beta from the stable channel. Finally!!

    • flosserelli

      I hope you like scroll lag..

      • Vitaly Streltsov


  • yahyoh

    Google seems won't fix choppy scrolling :(
    Damn they can't even make smooth as the AOSP browser or as Dolphin browser
    Google should be embarrassed by putting it as default browser for Nexus Devices :/

    • flosserelli

      I stopped using Chrome for that reason. AOSP browser may not be bleeding edge, but at least it scrolls without hiccups.

      • VAVA Mk2

        Agree. Use AOSP browser on my GNex running CM 10.1 Nightlies. Still much better performance than Chrome for Android.

    • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

      I don't have choppy scrolling on my Nexus 4....

  • Sebastian Schulze

    reduce data usage is in the settings too.

  • Spittie

    Finally. In the meanwhile, I went to Firefox Nightly and I don't see myself switching away from it any time. Maybe if Chrome add support for addons and a decent tablet interface (I know many people will not agree with me, but a tabbed interface on a 7" tablet is just awful). If anyone feels like trying it: http://nightly.mozilla.org/

    Anyway, still a good update, is great to see that Google is finally updating their browser on a frequent base.

  • http://www.japborst.net/ Jelmer Borst

    "Settings -> Bandwidth Management" reveals a setting to turn the proxy on/off now too!

    • Michael Baumgartner

      That's awesome :D

  • jeffmd

    Lol, still hasn't fixed the display bugs on the evo 3d. Google must hate 16x9 displays.

    • QwietStorm

      What bugs?

      • jeffmd

        The menu pull-downs and on screen keyboard can corrupt moments after appearing. If you are using googles search page, editing into your search term causes chrome to randomly cut and paste a part of the search term to another spot on the line for no apparent reason. Made it impossible to do in depth searches. Also occasionally when bringing a chrome instance from the background to foreground web pages will get glitchy and stuttery when scrolled. hitting the home button and going back to chrome can fix it usually. This is on virgin mobiles evo 3d with 4.0.

        • mgamerz

          happens on other phones (LG Mach), haven't seen it confirmed regardless of how many people post about it.

  • heat361

    Any one notice under chrome://flags we have this
    Extensions on chrome:// URLs Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android
    Enables running extensions on chrome:// URLs, where extensions explicitly request this permission

  • Vitaly Streltsov

    Cant find fullscreen option. Also in flags

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryanpierce Ryan Pierce

      Not a setting - it just happens when you scroll down a page.

      • Vitaly Streltsov

        Thank you, but.. no way. It's still visible. Always visible.
        And btw its not so smooth, as beta26.1410.28 was. So Titanium Backup activated :) (cm 10.1, N7) Cheers

        • Ygor Vaz

          Yes, it works. Remember to use Chrome BETA, also it will only hide when the page finishes loading.
          Remember that the "full screen" thing will only hide the adress bar, not the navigations and notification bar.

          • Barton82

            In other words it's not full screen.

          • Vitaly Streltsov

            Of course, i'm using beta ;) And i was speaking about address bar.

        • Glenn

          N7 is not a phone, therefore it won't have fullscreen. The changelog says fullscreen on phones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

    OK, so "fullscreen" doesn't really mean fullscreen, but we're at least halfway there. There's still no way to hide the notification bar like there is with Dolphin.

    It took me a minute to go through the settings and not find anything before I realized "fullscreen" meant the navigation bar hides when you scroll down (and reappears when you scroll back up). It happens by default. I had to open up the stable Chrome to notice the difference, though.

  • s_b

    The Known Issues should read:
    Huge lag when scrolling and zooming on content heavy pages.

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  • http://twitter.com/djspy DJ SPY

    Have they fixed the issue of mp3 files downloading as mpgA files?

  • letsplaaay

    I still don't understand why they don't add the quick controls. Just add the quick controls, and I'll jump right in.

  • Vitaly Streltsov

    "Pages may flicker sometimes" This is a new feature of the Blink web-kit +)

  • http://twitter.com/joonsunn Joon Sunn

    Still no text reflow.

  • xnifex

    Did anyone else notice that with one of the recent updates, bookmarks now have actual icons instead of the mini bookmark icons that have been there for a while?

  • VAVA Mk2

    My biggest hope they do with Chrome for Android is to speed it up. The stock Android browser on Nexus devices (well not on Nexus 7 and 10) still runs faster than Google Chrome for Android. LOVEEEEEEE Chrome Browser on PC. Not quite feeling it yet on Android.

  • madmax

    How do i turn off the new toolbar disappear thing it sucks. I am bout tired of all these supposid updates when they are down dates. Not just this one how bout the droid update that moved all my stuff to the top now when using tabs i get my droid settings wheres the switch how do i go back!

  • Reshma

    Huge lag when scrolling and zooming on content heavy pages.