Last Updated: June 3rd, 2013

Here's some unexpected news. Two new livestream videos have popped up on Google's Developers website, counting down to their respective start times. Both are marked as events especially for the mobile version of Chrome (presumably Android and iOS), and both have no more details to share at the moment. The first livestream is scheduled to start on June 7th at 1PM Eastern Daylight Time, the second is scheduled for June 13th at 11AM EDT.

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We'll be honest, we've got no idea what's in store at these events. To our knowledge, Google has never held an event especially for Chrome, and certainly not for the mobile versions. It's odd to see something like this just a few weeks after Google I/O. The first video is marked "Chrome Mobile Special Event," the second is slightly different, "Mobile Chrome Special Event," but it's unlikely that there's anything significant to that.

What's Google got up its sleeve? A major update? More desktop browser integration? Dare we dream of extension support for mobile Chrome? Hopefully we'll find out in a week (or possibly two).

Chrome Mobile Special Event - June 7th, June 13th

Update: Google has updated both videos with descriptions... and it turns out they're a lot less interesting than we'd hoped. The June 7th video is titled Behind the <div>'s: Chrome Roll It (the Wii-like bowling game) and the June 13th video is Behind the <div>'s: Chrome Racer (the multi-device slot car racing game shown at Google I/O). Carry on, folks, nothing to see here.

Thanks, Andy!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • timrcm

    Interesting. The rumored merge of ChromeOS and Android? Doubtful, but what in the world could actually warrant two events?

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


      • timrcm

        ya as I said, doubtful. Such a merge will never actually happen. But if it's just a stupid app update with some meaningless feature, it shouldn't need a press release. Even extensions... they've pushed big updates to crap before without even so much as a changelog.

      • psbp

        I doubt it's a merger, but further integration between android and chrome might be interesting

        Wasn't there a motorola x phone rumor that chrome would play a bigger role in the phone OS?

      • psbp
  • Jayayess1190

    The second one is during WWDC.

    • m197

      My thoughts exactly. Probably something meaningless just to be able to have a press conference to kill Apple's buzz

      • Larizard

        Pretty much. It's Google sticking it up to the sheeps across town.

    • RitishOemraw

      OR Apple will reveal that iOS7 will merge with Chrome and Google will be at WWDC to announce the partnership xD

      EDIT: I'll just start -1'ing myself now

  • impure

    They're going to revive Google Reader and reveal Android 4.3. Yes, I'm still mad.

    • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

      You and me both - I still haven't found anything to replace Reader and I'm still using it!

      • roberto.elena

        I still haven't find the time (and desire) to look for a replacement!

  • angel_spain

    Come on Google, stop all this trolling...

    • Sean Royce

      That isn't trolling.

    • raazman

      Do you know what trolling means?

  • Dinofan01

    All they need to say: "Chrome is no longer a heavy piece of shit on your phone."

    • Chris Stubbs

      Get a new phone? I have yet to have any problems with it(or Beta for that matter). I'm using a device that had ICS straight out of the box, so your mileage may be different.

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

        IMO it could be better. Even on my Galaxy Nexus it was (and is still) somewhat slower than the previous native browser.

      • Bakaouji

        Even on my galaxy S4 and Nexus 4 it's not as fast as it should be.

        • mechapathy

          Really? Maybe it's the fact that I'm coming from a Galaxy Nexus to a Nexus 4, but Chrome feels nice and zippy on my phone.

          • Simon Belmont

            Heck. Chrome feels lag-free on my friend's G'Nex.

            It's not quite at AOSP browser levels of smoothness. But it's almost there (especially Beta Chrome 28).

          • mechapathy

            Yeah, I haven't dipped my toes into the mobile beta channel, though I run beta and canary on my desktop. Perhaps I'll power on the Gnex today and give it a whirl.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. Give it a try, it's definitely noticeably faster.

            I think Chrome has come a long way on Android. Heh, on my desktop, I mainly run the stable release of Chrome, but I have messed with the betas in the past.

      • Christopher Theofilaktos

        I have an S3. No longer top of the line I know, but it's a high performance device and Chrome is laggy

        • Luke

          I have an S3 on CM10.1 and Chrome isn't laggy at all for me.

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            This is all comes down to different standards, your standards are considerably lower than his, for example, nobody coming from an iPhone 5 would deem Chrome's performance acceptable at all.

            I sideloaded the old browser to avoid using Chrome until recently, I've been using Next Browser lately.

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

        Ok you must be kidding right?

        Why isn't the 1.2 GHz dual-core chipset of my EVO 3D enough? Have you experienced Opera Mobile classic 12 (own Presto engine) and then Opera 14 which is Chrome based? The difference is unbelievable, 14 is laggy as hell, heats the device and sucks battery, whereas 12 runs very smooth and faster than Chrome.

    • Sean Royce

      Completely agree with you there, although chrome for the most part is now quite stable, it was always absolute shit compared to iOS, on which it ran flawlessly.

    • LazarusDark

      I just recently got a Nexus7. I've had a Gnex for a year and a half. I noticed immediately that Chrome on the N7 is significantly snappier than on the Gnex. So I'm assuming it's the Tegra processor. So, I think moreso you just need a better proc in your phone, which you will surely get an updated phone within a year.

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

        Why isn't my EVO 3D chipset enough for Chrome while Opera Mobile classic runs smooth and doesn't heat my device and suck its battery completely?
        And no I won't get an upgrade because it's pre-paid.

  • Bleaker

    Just wish they can make chrome not being lag on some old devices like my Gnex

    • howitzerr

      Chrome 28 beta isnt that bad at all on mine

      • erikiksaz

        Still not as smooth as the stock/aosp browser.

    • Sean Royce

      String a sentence together better mate.

    • Simon Belmont

      Doesn't lag at all on my friend's G'Nex. In fact the Beta Chrome 28 is quite smooth.

      I think Google is getting really close to AOSP browser in terms of smoothness. Can't wait.

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

    Please let it be mobile Chrome extensions support.


    • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

      This was my first thought

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        I'm not sure that would need a developers event though would it? At IO they made it clear that any packaged apps or extensions that developers write will be available to All Chrome Browsers including Mobile (eventually) with no changes needed because of the runtime engine on each platform. For mobile I believe it was something called Kordova or Kournicova or something like that. EDIT: cordova mobile runtime

        • Phil Oakley

          Packaged apps coming to Android would be a huge deal.

          That, or more Chrome devices being announced, is the only thing I can think of being big enough for an event.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            Well they did briefly show 2 packaged apps running on Android at IO so it could be that - but the github repo suggests it's not ready for primetime yet....

          • Phil Oakley

            Is there a video of that packaged apps on Android thing?

            Yeah, I dunno. It's weird. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            EDIT: Actually re-watching the video he does suggest that it's basically ready....

          • Phil Oakley

            Thanks! That's on my backlog of I/O videos, but I hadn't got to it yet :)

            Definitely seems like Google are using the same approach on mobile as they are on the desktop: most things a user runs can run through a Chrome packaged app. Once the user has realised this, they can move to a Chromebook (desktop), Chromephone or Chromepad.

            Boy, Google are clever.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            You are forgiven, a lot of the videos are pretty dull if you aren't a developer - and even then - a lot of them are pretty dull additionally a lot of people hosting these sessions aren't terribly good public speakers. I was frankly extremely surprised to find that there was not a single session about Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome - which IMHO is the biggest thing to happen to the internet since HTML.

          • Phil Oakley

            well, I'm currently making a packaged app for Chrome (a Twitter app), have a photo editor planned, and about a billion other ideas for various packaged apps.

            I see Chrome as one part of computing's future, and I really want people, normal people, to realise that most of what they do can be achieved on a Chromebook.

    • heat361

      Under chrome:// flags it hints at extensions for android it says
      extensions on chrome://urls
      Enables running extensions on chrome:// URLs, where extensions explicitly request this permission

    • Abhi Kurve

      It is possible that Google is releasing Chrome based on Blink rendering engine instead of Webkit?
      (Remember Google forked Webkit to form Blink?)

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        The BETA and Dev builds are already running Blink I believe?

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

        Chrome is already basically running Blink, Blink is a copy of webkit right now. They will diverge slowly over time, but right now there is no difference. They will eventually mean different things, but right now this is a branding question.


    • mechapathy

      As much as I want this, I also don't want Chrome to get heavier on mobile.

      • cas_e

        Yeh it's already slow on my Galaxy Nexus.

        • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

          Agreed. Chrome (both production and beta channels) is borderline useless on my Galaxy Nexus.

    • vivekkrish

      Mystery solved!!!

      Looks like the video's now have titles and descriptions:
      Behind the 's: Chrome Roll It
      Behind the 's: Chrome Racer

      They're going to be talking about the tech behind the Roll It and Racer Chrome experiments

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


  • Dylan Patel

    "The fist livestream is" I think you mean first.

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

      The first livestream will be a fist fight between the Chrome team and the IE team.

      • Ryuuie

        ...Would I be ostracized for thinking that the IE team would win? :v

        • Dylan Patel

          Their team is probably much larger so yeah. On a side note though, the new IE is actually pretty good.

          • Sean Royce

            Lol thumbs down for that? Damn people are ignorant, they mustn't have tried the new IE. It's actually pretty damn fast.

          • Dylan Patel

            Yup, not as good as Chrome or Firefox yet but it is rapidly catching up and it has touch input over the two.

          • joser116

            Why are people downvoting this? smh

          • Dylan Patel

            They still think that it is as bad as IE 6 or 7.

      • Michael Ta

        that's too violent :( how about a thumb war? =3

  • Kenny O

    The last two numbers on the clock are 4 and 3......4.3 is here!!....oh wait.

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

      Omg, now it's 50. Android 5.0!!

      • Divyesh Doddapaneni

        Fox News: New Chrome Event on YouTube accidently Leaks Android 5.0. Hear about it at 11:00PM....

        //mockup announcement

        • RitishOemraw

          "at 11:00 PM?"

          Holy Crap Android 11.0.0 PeanutbutterMayonaise announced!!!!

          sidenote: PeanutbutterMayonaise is disgusting....do not want

          • mechapathy

            I really hope it's called PeanutbutterMayonaise.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Wooo - I did a tip - I feel so special now.
    There are 2 events because the first one is marked as being for developers - the second one is not suggesting it is for the users.

  • Spankdefault

    Maybe some news on Chrome phones...

  • S. Ali

    Full Chrome is launching with iOS7

  • Matt

    Wish it be about Chrome OS!!

  • Babs Oyed

    Here's what I'd like to see
    1) Text reflow

    2) save for offline reading feature

    3)More intuitive interface like UC browser.

    4) Night mode

    5) Permanently enable desktop mode.

    6) save as PDF

    7) Fix the annoying cursor problem

    8) paste doesn't work in certain fields on Amazon and some other websites. Fix this.

    9) Still buggy, laggy and doesn't render some websites properly. Fix this

    10. Make it the fastest mobile browser by a mile

    OAN I would also love to hear that hangouts now has sms and Google voice integration, can now send all kinds of files including sms, has night mode, supports voice only calls , has an intuitive status interface for online/ offline/ busy, etc and now has the cool effects in Google Talk restored.

    • PhilNelwyn

      You can strike #5 out.

    • usaff22

      One other bug:
      On many forums some posts appears about 50% larger than other posts. Really weird. Happens on my friends Sensation too

    • Ivan Petkovic

      For your night mode ideas, +1, and make them automatic. Phone knows what time it is, and are the lights off. Simple. Or give us button somewhere, at least, like fbreader does.
      OAN, I love the way fbreader lets you change brigtness (swype down left side of the screen for lower, much more precise than horizontal slider, and quicker), but it's not practical to do it system-wide (notifications and some apps would be affected in some scenarios). I'd love to have that option system wide, though - I guess that's why we have custom ROMs.

  • Danial Samy

    Well, there was a leak a while back about ChromeOS including some Android Libraries. Coupling that with the big push Google's going with "Packaged Apps" for ChromeOS and Chrome, I think that rather than extensions, you will get "Packaged Web Apps" for Android. They will probably be less powerful than regular Android Apps (think of the little Chrome-linked games Google has been putting out for fun, or check out Mobile Chrome Experiments). This will result in sub-par but lightweight Android Apps, but drastically improved ChromeOS and Chrome Apps (more offline support, more application feel). This event is for Chrome for Mobile, but I think it will be for ChromeOS's benefit as well.

  • psbp

    I wonder if this has anything to do with WWDC. I remember the maps event last year turned out to be a hasty defensive move given the unveiling of Apple maps at WWDC

  • Could be Anyone

    I already moved on to Naked browser pro and never looked back since it is both faster and more private than chrome ever will be.

    • Phil Oakley

      How'd you mean more private?

      • Could be Anyone

        We're all aware of Google's less than subtle attempt at making the internet less anonymous through their services and chrome but tracking your browsing online, still if you like chrome then it's your choice but I like Naked browser pro since its small and faster than chrome.

  • Klaus

    Chrome will finally be the default browser in android 4.3. That's what they are going to announce, along with android 4.3

    • http://shanked.me/ Shank

      It's already the default browser in 4.1...

      • Phil Oakley

        It's already the default browser on Nexus phones and any OEM who chooses to use it. In AOSP, it's not even present, as it's a GApp (Google App).

        • http://shanked.me/ Shank

          It requires the Google Services framework for sync. It will never be in AOSP.

        • http://shanked.me/ Shank

          It requires the Google Services framework for sync. It will never be in AOSP.

      • mechapathy

        Yes and no, as @phil_oakley:disqus explained.

  • Abhi Kurve

    It is possible that Google is releasing Chrome based on Blink rendering engine instead of Webkit?
    (Remember Google forked Webkit to form Blink?)

  • Ezzy

    Please let it be that they actually fix Chrome's memory leakage...

  • Zach Mauch

    I would think this has to be a mistake. Or maybe it's saying it's watchable on Chrome Mobile. From what we've been seeing, this should be the perfect time for an Android version announcement.

  • TareX

    I want omni-present tabs that work the way Dolphin's tabs work. Flash support would be nice for livestreams but I'm not betting on it.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    Head scratching -- why do they need two events for essentially the same title? Couldn't it be done in 1 event? May be this is something that MUST BE done in 2 separate events?

    • Brandon R

      why don't you wait and find out what is in the events before complaining. :)

  • John O’Connor

    I am operating under the assumption that there will be extension support or final polishing and release of additional features that can already be found in the dev builds.

    However, we may see such expected features finally being released, such as "OK, Google" working as demonstrated at I/O and others that were hinted at.

    I still haven't forgotten what I have seen or heard and remain optimistic for this event.

  • titanium_man

    It seems like Google is going straight for the jugular in the mobile industry this year.

  • kstagg

    E3 Announcement?

    Hmmm. Let me see here. The E3 Expo runs from 6/10 thru 6/13, and Google is making announcements on 6/10 and 6/13? Coincidence? Microsoft has announced that the XBOX One will have IE browser baked into the console. The browser on the PS3 sucks beyond words (I have it. It really does). Could it be perhaps, that Google is announcing Google Chrome support on the PS4?

    Also, the PS4 will have the capability to play your games (at least some of them) remotely from your console. Not too far from your console, but your get the idea. Maybe they are announcing some kind of syncing capabilities with the PS4 on that front? Play your PS4 on your Android tablet remotely!

    Can you imagine how many PS4 and how many more Android sets would be sold with this setup? Currently MS has only announced that their new console allows you to sync with their MS Phones. Who has those? I mean - really? Now - who has an android phone? Hell, who has a chrome browser (thus bringing more of the marketshare away from IE and Bing).

    It would be a win/win for Sony and Google. Yes, Google set-top boxes sales would suffer, but let's be honest. Have they exactly be flying off the shelves?

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

    Well, that sucks.

  • John O’Connor

    Nothing to see here folks. Darn