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Earlier today, a post on the Chrome Releases blog announced Chrome 31 is moving from beta to the stable. The update is coming in with a number of exciting features, including: printing from Chrome on devices with KitKat, support for requestAutocomplete to auto-fill payment details with online stores, 'Add to home screen' for web apps, and more.

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If you've been following along with the beta channel, you're probably already familiar with a few of these changes. The stable version should now include the recently introduced 'Add to home screen' feature that allows web apps to act more like native apps and have their own entries within the Task Switcher. Also making the jump is an updated New Tab Page that first turned up a few months ago.

For anybody that still prints out hardcopies of web pages, Chrome now also sports the new printing feature added in KitKat. Never again will you have to send a URL to your desktop just to hit the Print button.

Google's blog post downplays support for the new requestAutocomplete API, but this may be one of the most exciting additions yet. This newer WebRTC standard is designed to give online retailers a way to streamline the shopping experience for their users, allowing payment details to be automatically transmitted without manually filling in any fields. The best part is, Chrome also (optionally) integrates with Google Wallet so all of your payment details and the transactions are stored and handled more securely. Take a look at the video to see how this can work.

One final interesting detail about this update has to do with security. Each version often includes a number of fixes, sometimes with special commendations for particularly nasty vulnerabilities. A user by the name of Pinkie Pie is credited with discovering a critical flaw having to do with "Multiple memory corruption issues." For this, he (or she) was rewarded with a $50,000 reward as part of the Vulnerability Rewards Program. After a quick search, it appears Pinkie Pie has been pretty busy, having been rewarded nearly $180,000 in just the last year (1, 2, 3, 4), not to mention credit for at least 11 bugs. I think I can safely speak on behalf of Chrome users everywhere, keep up the excellent work, and we're all a little bit jealous.

The update will be rolling out to everybody over the next few days, so keep your eyes open for it and give a shot to some of the great new features!

Source: Chrome Releases Blog

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • aNYthing6

    *Furiously refreshes AP for a APK link*

    • NikhilW

      There's also other news m refreshing AP for, my OTA!

  • cabbiebot

    And they just removed add to homescreen from chrome beta...

    • NoPovertyPimps

      what about the option in flags? It's there, but I don't use it so I don't know if it works or not. I presume it does, but who knows.

  • Guest

    Just got the update.

    Edit: nvm :(

  • miri

    Does it have the new new tab page? That's the only thing keeping me from re-enabling stable.

    • Jays2Kings

      A feature in beta always keeps me using beta, then it comes to stable so I can finally use it, then beta comes out 24 hours later with a new great feature that I much rather us than without on stable, it an endless cycle.

      And to answer your question: I have no idea, sorry.

      • Merri Mogridge

        The only thing keeping me from using beta is this weird shadow over the current tab. I think its due to the DPI settings I have.

    • Ryuuie

      Did you read the article? Yes, it does.

      • miri

        Skimmed over it twice, thanks.

  • NikhilW

    Still Nexus 4 renders? not complaining, m just happy that my no-more-flagship phone is still being used in update renders!

    • miri

      Google Still uses Galaxy Nexus renders on occasion.

      • Ror

        The Maguro never dies.

    • Ryuuie

      It was also used in a really sweet ad about getting old friends back together AND in a pretty kick ass MIT experiment.

  • Vikramaditya Rai

    Would really love to see the immersive mode in Chrome.

    • josh

      This is why I still use aosp browser...that and pie controls (the in-browser one) are my "needs." The aosp browser's full screen mode even allows swipe down to expand statusbar now...

  • http://www.parafriv.net/ Para Friv

    Thank you so much @ @ ##Would really love to see the immersive mode in Chrome.

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

      Spammer.

  • Irfan Hamid

    when apps say "support for kitkat" in the changelog, shouldnt they have the transparent navbar etc and all the new kitkat stuff ? google should really control all this..and its really sad that even the stock apps like hangouts and dialer arent taking advantage of the transparency yet, i wonder when third party apps will get on board ... google better fix atleast the stock apps before i get my nexus 5 -.-

    • Ryuuie

      Just because an app has Kit Kat support doesn't mean that it HAS to have the transparent bars. There are many other APIs that it can use besides just that.

      • Irfan Hamid

        well it should, especially relating to the UI APIs...as i see it now (videos, reviews etc) the kitkat interface looks EXTREMELY crude and inconsistent ....i hate Apple but they got it right with the ios 7 interface update, all the transparencies etc were consistent in atleast the stock apps...and even the thrid party apps for ios were updated pretty quickly, like facebook

        • Ryuuie

          Depending on what app it is, they don't have to. If you don't like the interface (and aren't on a Nexus 5), just turn it off in Settings > Home OR uninstall the Home app.

          Also, you can just install Nova or Apex Launcher and be done with it.

          Even on the Nexus 5, you can simply install Nova Launcher or just disable Google Now.

          You're on Android and you're not forced to use anything you don't want to.

          • Irfan Hamid

            but i do like the transparency, and i am SO glad they did that, finally makes use of the full screen, im just hoping for a wider support for that, and soon

          • Ryuuie

            Then you want Immersion Mode. This, however, only makes sense for fullscreen apps such as Play Books, a movie app, or a game. Maybe Chrome will use it, but we'll have to see.

    • Atul

      Google themselves in their design video said that transparency should only be used for apps that really need to show some extra information.

      They aren't asking app developers to put transparency everywhere.

    • Bojan Tomic

      What's the point of having transparent status and navigation bars in a browser, anyway? You really want to see bunch of text and pictures behind the soft buttons?

      • Irfan Hamid

        yea why not, its definitely better than the text and pictures NOT being there at all....the black buttons loop especially bad on LCDs (compared to AMOLED) and theyre just wasting screen space.

  • http://www.funbookes.com/ www.funbookes.com

    say good bye to google phone .

  • Christopher Williamson

    Still no extensions? Still no interest.

  • dhruva

    how come requestautocomplete api is part of webrtc?

    • srya

      well... i don't think this is correct. the requestautocomplete api has nothing to do with webrtc (and visa versa)

  • Sabin Bajracharya

    This is a really good web browser but its excessive use of memory is what bothers me from using it! :x

  • anmolm97

    My grouper device hasn't got the Android 4.4 OTA yet!!

  • Jefficko

    Can' help myself but this is just waist of time. Stock ICS browser FTW

    • Cesar

      Spelling is, apparently, also a waste of time.

  • niya

    wow, guys, do you know this website? they declare they sell the lowest price and best quality, if some sell lower than them, they will refund us. is it true? really? see: http://eurl.cc/akw

    • Jefficko

      wow thats cool!!!!!

  • http://www.jugarjugar.net/ Jugar Jugar

    Indeed, this version has more utility than the older version of it. This is really good news for Android users

    • GreatNews

      You have the apk?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Is Chrome ever gonna have a normal swiping navigation like on iOS version? I'm tired of tapping the "recently visited", "bookmarks" and "other devices" tabs

    • Roh_Mish

      The iOS apps for chrome and search have some better User interfaces. The google app allows ok google even in english (india)

  • GreatNews

    Apk? Anybody had for me???

  • flosserelli

    Pinkie Pie made $180k in a year for discovering bugs? Damn I chose the wrong career.

  • Mohamed

    Please 1) bring on immersive mode, and 2) a SINGLE click icon for a new page. Very frustrating you unnecessarily need 2 clicks to open bookmarks then another one to pick.
    Also, 3) more snappy cached bookmarks that doesn't refresh with hickups and often lose track of the last open bookmark.

    • Jeff Pleshek

      I second the call for a single click for a new tab. Current setup is ridiculously inefficient

  • GreatNews

    Where is the apk?????

    • Tim242

      Not sure if you got the update yet, but I just got it. Here is the APK. https://db.tt/SiZDBE9B. Not sure why they never posted it.

      • GreatNews

        Thanks but i got it a hour ago by Google Play!

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