Since the dawn of Chrome Beta for Android, Google blocked it from the Play Store's search results for some reason. For those who use the browser as their default, this was a huge pain in the ass, as it meant searching Google to find a direct link to the browser when installing it on a new device. Sure, that may sound minor, but not being able to find your favorite browser from the device's Play Store search results is just annoying. You couldn't even find it directly from Google's developer page.

As of today, however, Google has finally made it searchable in the Play Store. Seriously – go try it for yourself.


There's some visible proof, too, just in case you just don't feel like clicking a link or searching for it manually. Like a pillow, AP is here to support you[r laziness].

So yeah, no more links needed. Just go search for it. Good stuff.

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.

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

    $%@#ing finally. I understand avoiding confusion and such, but come on, blocking it in Play Store's results was just moronic.

    • Matthew Fry

      What I don't understand is, why change now? What made them change their mind? If it was avoiding confusion... it's just as confusing as it would have been had they made it searchable when it first debuted.

    • Crispin Swickard

      This is fantastic indeed. I would imagine you would have a much longer app list considering, so it would have been horrible to find it in the list on the device. It was not the most friendly thing for myself even. I wanted to have friends got the beta route since I have just had a better experience with it, but this was an issue before.

      Its about time.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    Thanks! I was just looking for it a while back.

  • Don

    I just want Chromecast support to happen.

    • miri

      As far as I can tell, there's no way to do it in Android at the moment. Chromecast isn't a Miracast receiver, Android's built in video capture isn't accessible by apps and isn't meant for real-time viewing, and sending the URL to Chromecast and using the Android devices as a remote would cause UI complications.

  • bd1212

    I use Chrome Beta, but I've always wondered... what exactly are the benefits over regular Chrome? Is it noticeably faster, or is it just better because it gets updated more frequently?

    • pfmiller

      It's a beta. It's newer, but not necessarily better. Sometimes it fixes bugs, sometimes it introduces new ones.

      • bd1212

        Ah, see I always figured it was newer, and therefore faster. So other than that there are no advantages over regular Chrome?

        • Matthew Fry

          It's usually based off of a later Chromium build which may be faster or more compatible or just broken.

          One advantage is giving them the analytics they need to make it better.

    • louched1

      The main difference I know of is that regular Chrome suffers from horrible scroll lag and is barely useable for me because of that. Chrome Beta doesn't have this problem.

    • miri

      It's one version ahead of Stable, has experimental features and for some reason is considerably faster. It has the same 6 week update cycle as Stable and all other versions of Chrome, though it gets more "patches" in between the 6 week version increments.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      In my experience, it may be Beta and a tad more unstable, but it's generally faster and smoother.

    • http://mvndaai.com/ Jason Mavandi

      When I had an HTC One X, Chrome had weird problems all the time, Chrome Beta worked. I have no idea why, but that was just what happened so I used it.

    • Devon Warren

      They roll out new features to it first, sometimes they are unstable but some times it gets performance improvements before the stable and some times new features such as the new tab screen, most of the time they are hidden in the about:flags settings.

  • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

    Why doesn't Google use the Play Store / Google+ Community for Beta Testing of New versions of Chrome? It would make it easier to only have one instance of Chrome installed on devices that come pre-installed with Chrome stable.

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

      Also wondered this - promote the BETA functionality to all and sundry and then don't use it themselves - not for ANY Google app.

    • dhruva

      because chrome beta came before that

    • Todd Yates

      It's so that you can have both the regular and beta versions installed at the same time. Useful for when the beta plays up with a new and exciting bug!

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        or exciting feature.

        Only feature in the beta that I can recall atm is making a webpage into a shortcut applink.

  • usaff22

    Lol at the pillow/VZW reference

  • DannyBiker

    I've got the same issue with Youtube since forever...

  • Nick Saulino

    FINALLY. I always had to use the stock Android browser to get it, much like I have to use IE to get Chrome for Windows.

  • http://www.About.me/PHADE PHADE

    I actually use BOTH Chrome and Chrome BETA

    Chrome: Signed in with my PERSONAL account to sync with all my stuff.
    Chrome BETA: Singed in with my WORK account to sync with all my stuff.

    NOTE: I do this because I currently ONLY use one phone. Once I get a replacement work phone than BOTH phones will only have the Chrome Browser with each respective account.

  • Reshma

    Very awsome browser i everseen in my life

  • Martin Karim

    I only wonder why is "Designed for mobiles" written there. Shouldn't it be designed for tablets as well?

  • Theratchetnclank

    I could find it before when searching, its how i always used to install it.

    • psychoace

      Agreed, I don't remember getting it any other way other then searching. Unless they are only talking about the web site version and not through the play store app.

  • Alex8384

    its useful