A new version of Chrome has hit the beta channel, and that means it's on Android in the Chrome beta app. Most updates these days are staged rollouts, but I'm already seeing version 29 on all my devices. No promises, though.

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Version 29 of Chrome adds support for WebRTC, a real-time communication API based on JavaScript. This will enable web-based voice calling, video chat, and file sharing without installing any additional software. It's already supported in desktop Firefox and Chrome. As for the rest of the changes, here's what Google is reporting:

  • Support for WebRTC, a web platform feature to enable real-time voice and video communications
  • Faster page loads
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

Keep in mind this is still beta software. You might come across bugs, but that's the price you pay for being on the bleeding edge.

[Google Chrome Releases Blog]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • MasterMuffin

    WebRTC was there before in flags (though now it's more stable because it got into the bets app?)

  • Roberto Giunta

    Is it faster on 'not super high end hones' now? It's not really the website loading which is slow, it's the UI that's extremely slow.

    I've seen a friend's S4 and it was super smooth there :/

  • Stacey Liu

    Scrolling seems a bit smoother but the input lag is still there on my nexus 4. It's still not 1:1 with my finger like it is in the AOSP browser.

    • miri

      Scrolling's in lockstep with my finger on my Galaxy Nexus.

  • deexcy

    Did they remove the "+" new tab button at the left of the URL bar that they had added in the previous update?

    • angel_spain

      I've been wondering the same.

    • M1lkm4n

      they removed it already in the last update. But see jamma's post. The draggable menu is a neat replacement.

  • jamma

    It has a new setting in chrome:flags called "Enable draggable menu" this lets you drag down from the menu button to select the options like back, forward, new tab etc. It's pretty sweet, feels kinda like quick controls!

    • M1lkm4n

      this is really cool. Way faster to open new tab or go to settings etc.

      • Matthew Fry

        I think it's a brand new idea. An awesome new idea.

        edit: my original post sounded snarky and it was only partially intended :-P

      • jamma

        Yeah I really hope they put this into 4.3, or at least into gmail!

    • Matthew Fry

      And they took all the unsupported experiments out and put them at the bottom. That's cool :D

    • Barraz

      I enabled it but don't know how to use it. What do you mean by drag down from the menu?

  • Venkat

    Are there any webRTC based video chat apps ?

    • JS

      Yea try Barc Chat.

  • nsnsmj

    Can you swipe between those tabs yet? It's ridiculous that the iOS Chrome can, and the Android Chrome can't.

    • andy_o

      Which tabs? I can swipe between them here in the N10 and N4 even with the non-beta Chrome.

      • nsnsmj

        The three tabs at the bottom.

        You can swipe between those? I can't. I've only been able to tap them.

        • andy_o

          Sorry, thought it was about the actual page tabs. Is it that important to swap those though? Personally I'm having worse problems with both Chrome and Chrome Beta in that apparently they're freezing or even rebooting the OS, in the N10. From Googling and Play Store reviews it seems it's fairly widespread. Crossing my fingers for v29 to have fixed that.

          • nsnsmj

            No, it's not important, but neither are the vast majority of things people on here complain about. Android's design is all about swiping through those types of tabs, and a bit of consistency would be nice.

            But yeah, not a big deal. Chrome on Android has much worse issues to fix first, but seeing as how Google is taking it's sweet ol' time to fix those, they could at least get all the little things out of the way first.

  • http://papped.webatu.com papped

    Did they finally fix the massive scrolling lag...

  • Jason

    Any issues with https logon pages not loading?