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Time keeps marching forward, and Google keeps improving the mobile version of its Chrome browser. Those who want to see the new goodies before everyone else can check out the official Chrome for Android Beta, which updates to version 35 today. The official changelog mentions some interesting additions, including at least one that was there already: support for Chromecast on HTML5 videos.

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Videos on your device have gotten better too, with better HTML5 controls and subtitle support (for those clips that include them). Users of recent Samsung phones and tablets will be happy to know that Sammy's unique multi-window mode is now supported by Chrome Beta, which will probably do away with the need for various root tools. Finally, there's a handy new way to un-close a tab (just like Ctrl-Shift-T on Windows). All you have to do is press the "Undo" button on the toast notification, as seen in the video below.

Google notes that there may be issues with Chromecasting from the mobile YouTube site, and with fullscreen controls for HTML5. So, half the features mentioned in the changelog. That's what you get for a beta. You can download the beta version of Chrome from the Play Store - if you've already got it installed, remember that Google's first-party apps tend to take a while to propagate.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Still wouldn't use this over Naked Browser.

    • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

      I can't stand ugly apps like Naked Browser.

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

        Function over form, I rather it works rather than look nice.

        • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

          Chrome, Dolphin, Next, Maxthon and AOSP Browser all function just fine. Naked Browser looks like a browser built from a concept drawn from MS Paint. It's extremely ugly.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            And how many of those are bloated? Oh wait all of them.

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            It's pretty clear you do not know the definition of bloat. Chrome is not bloated. Go Launcher is an example of a bloated app. Chrome runs great on my device, it may open pages 100ms slower than Naked, but at least it doesn't look like complete garbage.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            I rather have function over form any day and if it means it looks like crap but does things better then I don't see a problem.

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            Chrome has function, why do keep insinuating that? Plus looks better.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            It is less private and slower than Naked Browser sand the only selling point I see you keep shoving in my face is "it looks better" which does nothing.

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            Chrome does everything a browser should do. Like I said earlier, it may load websites 100ms slower and but isn't worth using a browser that again, looks like garbage. Besides loading websites 100ms faster, what does it do that Chrome doesn't?

            Less private? Explain.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            Smaller, uses less memory, more private and loads sites faster.

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            Are you short on storage? How much more private is it? Faster... Barely.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            Why would I waste 50MB on a browser when there is one that is 1MB that does everything it already does. It doesn't give any information to google about what you do on the browser which isn't what you can say about Chrome on any platform and have you even used it to say it is slower than chrome?

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            Yes I have. Couldn't stand even 5 minutes because it was so ugly.

            Are you really worried about the data it sends to Google? Are they going to use your info maliciously. Doubt it.

          • Henrique Persechini

            privacy/security is a valid reason to choose an OS or application over the other, but goddam, isn't it time these guys partner up with interface and user experience designers? Ubuntu's break into the common user realm should have been a strong enough exemple

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            Oh boo hoo, the only complaint I see you keep making is it doesn't look nice and that is just a petty complaint considering the browser is much better than chrome.

            Why would I want to send data to google? I don't gain anything by throwing away my privacy.

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            Well, that's the only reason why. If it looked half way decent, then I might use it. Chrome on the other hand, works great. I'm not hurting for storage space nor do I care about the couple hundred millisecond gain; maybe from a browser that doesn't look like a ms paint mockup I would. The functionality of Chrome (or any browser I listed earlier) with slightly less performance outweigh the functionality and horrible ui of Naked Browser.

            Why do you want to send data too Google? For me, it's not that I want to.. It's that I know it benefits my overall experience. Plus, i'm not a privacy paranoia like you. Google isn't harming anyone by collecting data.

            You like ugly things that work. I like pretty things that work just as good. End of story. Good night bud.

          • David Hart

            Chrome has bookmark/open tab sync.
            NB is ugly as F#
            Doesn't even come close to conforming to UI guidelines
            Menu button on Nav bar (I mean seriously, wtf? that couldn't be a single button at the top?)
            The top url bar isn't very user friendly do to the fact that you can't scroll to the top without it covering up some of the web page.

            I think i could go on, and on, mostly around usability. It's faster and lightweight, that's all I see. But as far as user experience goes, Naked browser does even get to stand on the podium. (I would let it stand beside it)

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

            Well actually I do....
            1) Because Chrome BETA on Windows has a password generator - I can have a unique password for every website, I don't need to remember the complex 20ish char long passwords - but it immediately makes my online accounts more secure - Heartbleed bug penetrated a site I use? Fine - they can have the password if they want - it won't get them into any other site.
            2) Cross device history, bookmarks, recent tabs, open tabs - yes thank you - extremely useful.

            My Google account is secured by 2 factor authentication - and the day a hacker manages to get into Google and get account information for ANY user - is the day we might as well turn the internet off and call it a day.

          • dfghj

            The AOSP browser can't be much larger than naked, if it's larger at all. Where is the bloat? It uses the holo app layout so 95% of what you see is built into android and doesn't take up space. The webview is integrated into android too, if anything I'd say AOSP is likely the lighter browser. Anyone on android 4.3 or before is silly not to consider it.

            That said, 4.4 removes the old web rendering system and replaces it with chromium. Essentially any browser not using chromium will suffer a performance disadvantage because it uses either an emulated version of WebKit or in some cases its a proprietary webview like dolphin's jetpack. The only two chromium based browsers on android currently are chrome and opera. I suggest anyone on 4.4 or higher to try one of these as they'll be smoother and fully functioning with the KitKat webview.

      • SVem26

        true.. that thing is a punishment to one's eyes

    • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

      I can't stand ugly apps like Naked Browser.

  • Corey Watford

    Why cant Kit Kat have native multi Window built in by now?

    • icyrock1

      I'm willing to bet that'll be the big feature in the next big version of android.

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

        I'm willing to agree.

        • didibus

          And I'm willing to believe it will use Samsung's API, since I doubt Chrome would have adopted it knowing the next Android version was going to have multi-window done in a different way.

          • Arthur Dent

            Or Samsung is turning over that API to Google (or open sourcing it)

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

            Why? The original Chrome already did this, only the Beta didn't for some reason. This means nothing at this point - Google can do whatever it wants. All this multiwindow support is really is an on/off flag pretty much.

          • didibus

            Oh really, hum, I didn't know that. That was weird that the beta didn't if the stable did.

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

          Well.... you have pretty much just confirmed it then - we all know you have quite a bit of inside knowledge on "what is coming" by all the teasers you keep dropping....

  • icyrock1

    Still hoping they build "shockwave flash" into mobile chrome

    • Crispin Swickard

      This, and either immersive mode, or at least take advantage the translucent navigation bars to give a bit more viewing area, and I couldn't ask for much more. Other than to an option keep the url bar in place. Its really annoying to scroll back up to get it back sometimes.

    • Crispin Swickard

      This, and either immersive mode, or at least take advantage the translucent navigation bars to give a bit more viewing area, and I couldn't ask for much more. Other than to an option keep the url bar in place. Its really annoying to scroll back up to get it back sometimes.

  • Rayun

    Multiwindow support is already there with the stable version though...

    • DoctorRabbitfoot

      Definitely have it on my Note 3.

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

      Yeah, but it wasn't for the beta, oddly enough.

  • Jk Jeeks

    Another change: The new tab page (disabled by default in the chrome flags page) has been updated with a new look.

    • MrJigolo

      Dang that looks really nice. Is Chrome still a battery hog?

      • Jk Jeeks

        Can't tell since I use Greenify for Chrome Beta

    • _artem_

      Did you delete all the pron sites from most visited before taking that screenshot? Cuz I'm pretty sure you don't visit just these 3 sites :-)

      • Jk Jeeks

        Actually, I have to clear the cache and the app data after updating the app since the app kept crashing when I open a new tab so it looks that I'm constantly using private browsing or just installed when I took the screenshot.

    • Algu

      It looked like this for weeks for me, and I'm not even using the beta version.

    • Algu

      It looked like this for weeks for me, and I'm not even using the beta version.

  • Jays2Kings

    You really should have put show touches on the vid, I can't for the life of me figure out how to "reverse swipe" a tab back. I could just be trying too hard but idk.

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

      You just tap Undo on the bottom... it even shows the presses.

      • Jays2Kings

        I meant this part of that article

        "All you have to do is reverse swipe on the tap screen
        - check out the video below. You can also press the "Undo" button on the toast notification, which seems to be the only way to do this on a tablet."

        I mean the undo is more than enough, but I like little details like this.

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

          I have no idea what this means, to be honest. Let's ask Michael.

          In the video, I just pressed the Undo button twice.

          • Jays2Kings

            Yeah looking at the video again I see the presses, oh well. I'll greatly appreciate it if you do find out what he meant.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Sorry, I misinterpreted Artem's video - tapping the "undo" toast looks like the only way to do it. The article has been adjusted.

  • Lakh Jhajj

    Google needs to add 3 features to have the best browser experience. 1.Reading Mode. 2.Text to Speech where we can highlight an article or paragraph and the browser speak the text. 3. Option to scrol all the way to the top of the page with one touch or swipe. Then we will be talking.

    • icyrock1

      Number three is a feature that I miss, a TON when I use my nexus 5 (iOS has it so that when you touch the top navigation bar it automatically scrolls up to the top of the webpage).

    • whispy_snippet

      I agree, number three would be a great addition.

  • Wilson Lim

    maybe I should switch back to Chrome from Dolphin :/
    still hoping for Dark/Black Theme

    • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

      Don't bother google loves making everything bright white.

      • David Hart

        Is that a bad thing?

        Don't get me wrong, when I first started using Android and it was all dark and orange, it was cool. (Gingerbread)

        But now I'm starting to look at all these hard to read apps, and then looking at Google apps (or White Holo really) and it's grown on me in a HUGE way.

        My first point would be that it's most comfortable to read Black text on a white BG. Pretty simple, and I think most would agree.

        My next point would be. (for LCD) Back light power consumption is directly comparable to how bright the back light is. e.g. your brightness. Darker apps don't save battery, they probably use more due to that fact that the display has to actually stop light rather than let light out. It's like if you held you thumb on a hose spouting water, (sans pressure) it takes more of your own strength to keep your thumb on the hose, rather then just let the water flow.

        In other words.. I'm all for white UI's

        • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

          Just because you like being blinded by your device when using it as night or in a place without a lot of light doesn't mean everyone will.

          Hell why do you think people make inverted versions of Google's apps because they don't want white everywhere and prefer the darker look over the blindingly white background.

          I'm all for black UI's since I like being able to use it whenever I want without being blinded by in screen.

          • David Hart

            There's a thing called turning down the brightness, if your phone doesn't get dim enough that's your problem.
            The nexus 5 gets so dim you can hardly see it, even at night.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            So its somehow my fault that the lowest brightness is still bright enough to use anything with a white background as light? Pfft. Go back to your blindingly white UI you love so much and don't try to take away options from the people that hate it and rather it dark.

          • David Hart

            Oh look you get it now.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            Someone clearly doesn't understand sarcasm when they see it.

          • whispy_snippet

            Someone clearly needs to calm down.

          • David Hart

            I can taste the irony from here.

  • lsadasdsadas

    klm,m,

  • bigmase521

    Chrome beta crashes every time I scroll in this New version. Pages load fine but as soon as I scroll, bam! Never happened before. Have cleared data and cache multiple times. Anyone have the apk for the previous version?

    • Kalpik Nigam

      Same here. It's a crash fest here! Reverted to Chrome stable.

      • bigmase521

        Glad it's not just me!

    • Android Developer

      For me it crashes without scrolling. just open a link from outside of it, and it crashes...

  • whyrwewaiting

    Word wrapping/text flow and correctly sized fonts on non mobile web pages!!!!!?

    Call Google out on it!!

  • whispy_snippet

    I'm not sure if this is a new feature or if people have been aware of this for a while... but the drop down menu now shows a shortcut to your most recent "share via" application next to "share".

    Handy.

    • abqnm

      I just saw this for the first time yesterday on 35, so I am going to say it is new. And very useful.

  • Larry

    The undo close tab popup got annoying within 5 minutes of use. Back to 34

  • Android Developer

    I thought google was against the multi-window feature.
    Now they support it?

    • Arthur Dent

      Guess so, after their heart-to-heart talk with Sammy a few months back. Wonder if this is a concession from Google in return for Samsung moving closer to Android guidelines.

      • Android Developer

        hope it means it will become a feature on android and not just a feature of touchwiz.
        or maybe an improved version of it.

        • Arthur Dent

          Yeah, exactly. Google takes some of Samsung's suggestions and makes them part of Android, Samsung sticks a bit closer to what Google provides.

    • Jeff Badger

      It makes sense. Google, more than anything else, wants people to use its services. Samsung has two of the most popular phones out there in the Galaxy S and Note series. People with those phones like the multi-window feature that can be used with Samsung's browser. If Google wants people to use Chrome instead of the Samsung browser, bringing this feature would be important.

      • Android Developer

        What about the other features that Samsung has for its devices?
        Wouldn't it make sense to allow the S-Pen SDK (for example) work for all companies too?

        • Jeff Badger

          I get where you are coming from, but there is a big difference between multi-window and some of the other features. Multi-window goes to both product lines and wouldn't change the way a user used Chrome. This last part is important because say a user switched to HTC. Chrome would still act the exact same way minus multi-window. For instance, adding S-Pen wouldn't make sense because: (a) only the Note line (and tablets) can use it and (b) it would change the way a user could use Chrome.

          • Android Developer

            About the S-Pen, if it becomes some kind of standard that has general functionality, other phablets can have them, and we will be able to get more potential apps.
            surely samsung isn't the only one with a stylus for its phablets devices...

        • Jeff Badger

          I get where you are coming from, but there is a big difference between multi-window and some of the other features. Multi-window goes to both product lines and wouldn't change the way a user used Chrome. This last part is important because say a user switched to HTC. Chrome would still act the exact same way minus multi-window. For instance, adding S-Pen wouldn't make sense because: (a) only the Note line (and tablets) can use it and (b) it would change the way a user could use Chrome.

  • Tydilicious

    Another change : enhanced share ability

    • Android Developer

      what's enhanced in it?

      • Simon Belmont

        It looks like it'll default to most recent shared intent (kinda like sharing from the Gallery does). Before, you always had to go into the share dialog and choose.

        That's what I'm guessing, though. I don't have the Chrome Beta update to test it yet.

        • Android Developer

          oh, ok.
          sadly it crashes for me all the time. will use FF/opera for now.

      • Tydilicious

        A shortcut to the most used app directly in the menu

  • didibus

    Hum, support for a Samsung multi-window feature. I wonder if this can indicate maybe that the multi-window way of samsung will somehow be pushed into the main Android branch and adopted as the de-facto way of doing multi-window on Android.

  • wahwah

    Too bad its completely useless since you can't scroll now on the beta without it crashing 100% of the time.

  • Arthur Dent

    Related to that recent Samsung support package for Chrome that Google issued a few days ago?

  • Salil Chandra

    Also there is an icon in the share button.

  • DeadSOL

    Meanwhile, people are having scrolling issues on the latest Windows stable version of Chrome v34.

  • firesoul453

    Wait what changed with the multi window thing? I've been using chrome with multi window for a long time now.

  • Nick

    Jesus... The new tab bookmark page is AWFUL on a tablet. Google once again ignoring tablet users.