Following the release of beta features to Chrome stable yesterday, the beta channel of Chrome for Android was promoted to version 28 today.

The update brings a number of desired additions and improvements, all of which I will break down for you below. Here's the relatively incomplete list the Chrome team posted on its blog:


The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 28 to the Beta channel. Chrome for Android 28.0.1500.21 contains a number of new improvements including:

  • Google Translate: When you come across a page written in a language that isn't in the same language as your phone or tablet, look for the translation bar
  • Fullscreen on tablets: Simply scroll the page to dismiss the toolbar
  • Support for fullscreen API 
  • New graph showing your estimated bandwidth savings when you use the experimental data compression feature
  • Mobile friendly error pages

Google Translate

Here's what Chrome's new mobile-friendly Translate bar looks like if you visit a site with a language different from your device's (for example, newsru.com):

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I find built-in translation support to be one of Chrome's most useful features, so I applaud Google for finally bringing it to Android. Fantastic.

Fullscreen on tablets and Fullscreen API support

Fullscreen came to Chrome for phones back in April, and now it's supported on tablets. Just start scrolling down, and the url bar along with all the buttons will disappear. Scroll up slightly to bring it back. Fantastic way to free up more real estate for reading.

The HTML5 Fullscreen API that gives sites finer control over going into and getting out of fullscreen mode is now supported as well. The screenshot on the right shows what the UI looks like if you visit, say, this demo page.

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Bandwidth savings graph and new onboarding UI

Chrome's bandwidth-saving feature (a remote proxy that Google Chrome connects to using SPDY) now has a nifty graph that shows how many delicious bits and bytes you saved with compression enabled.

Additionally, the Beta has a new "limited preview" onboarding UI to get you to reduce data usage. Since anybody could already enable it in the settings, I guess the words "limited" and "preview" are used to compare the beta version to the stable one.

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Mobile friendly error pages

Mobile pages look a little friendlier, I suppose, though not by much:

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Left: Chrome 27; Right: Chrome 28

New tab button on phones

The phone UI now has a new tab button to make opening tabs even faster. Most excellent (thanks to Phil Oakley for pointing this out). This button is neither present nor is needed on tablets, since the tablet UI already uses the same method of opening tabs as the desktop Chrome.


Overall, I'd call this a nice update, mostly thanks to integrated Google Translate support. Go grab it from the Play Store by hitting the widget below.

Source: Chrome Releases

Artem Russakovskii
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  • dead-i

    Wonder if they'll every add text reflow to the browser.

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael


  • Phil Oakley

    There's also a 'new tab' button to the left of the address bar on phones. Hopefully this means in the next update, they'll get rid of 'New tab' in the overflow menu.

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

      Nice spot! Updated the post.

      • Jamel

        Under Settings/Content Settings, there's a new option for "Voice and Video Calling." Anyone test this out yet

  • engray

    It also provides better optimization for js for example detecting changing height (on my website web-indsutry.eu when tried to swipe to bottom on mobile chrome, it happened lags and delays in showing dark top header. Now all is sharp and smooth :D).

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    Chrome's most irritating feature coming to Android: a translation bar popping in every page you visit.

    • lbrfabio

      Fortunately, it can be disabled (content settings)

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael


    • Nonobot

      Chrome Beta offered me to translate Android Police on the first two webpages (I'm French), but the second time it displayed an option to: 1. Never translate this website 2. Never translate English webpages.

      Irritating feature gone.
      You're welcome. ;-)

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        It will come back in other pages and suggest the translation of pages already in French for you don't worry. :)

  • mavericksid

    What about excessively zoomed in and zoomed out text on websites? Are they planning to fix it any time soon? It really sucks.

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

    I misunderstood the fullscreen support at first - now updated with examples of both fullscreen and fullscreen API usage.

  • Maxime Henrion

    Not to be picky, but SPDY itself has nothing to do with data compression; this data bandwidth savings feature relies on compression done by a proxy server at Google. However, Chrome connects to this proxy server using the SPDY protocol, which makes the whole thing much faster in terms of response time (SPDY is a very clever transport protocol fixes some inefficiencies and limitations in TCP).

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

      Thanks, you're totally right. Clarified this.

      • Maxime Henrion

        Well it turns out I was actually partially wrong; SPDY compresses HTTP headers by default, and also emphasizes compression by making it mandatory to support it in the clients. Anyway, I reacted mostly because of the way you worded it previously, which made it sound as if SPDY is just a compression technology. But the way you put it now is just perfect :-). Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/LiamCoylle Liam Coyle

    Can they not just put an option to use quick controls in Chrome, like in the stock browser.

    • CuriousCursor

      The problem there is that sides are used to switch tabs.

  • Jays2Kings
  • Alessandro

    Just discovered that if you keep swiping up your tab cards they will rotate in a sweet animation (this in regular chrome by the way, I didn't tried on beta). This is something new?

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

      Pretty sure that's been there for a long time.

      • CuriousCursor

        Yup, ever since the barrel roll stuff.

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  • CuriousCursor

    So much easier to get the :) in the tab count now.

  • Justin Foster

    I noticed that the Mighty Text Chrome Extension/App notifications integrate very well with the new notifications. They look card-like now!!!

  • Dennis Schmitz

    Easily the worst browser on Android, just try this website and compare it to AOSP browser: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5601.100

    • PhilNelwyn

      You just compare it with the AOSP browser for one site, and that makes it the worst browser on Android?
      I don't have the AOSP browser on my Nexus 4, what's the difference?

  • Michael Kelley

    That translate feature has been long awaited. Glad to see it there!

  • Maxtouuch Quality

    I like this browser he is working fast I am using this browser on my 7 inch tablet PC.