The Chrome developers have released a new version of their browser that may not have a particularly exciting changelog, but it does lead to a better browsing experience. Version 36 should make text on those websites that don't have a mobile alternative render somewhat better. This, combined with non-specified performance improvements and bug fixes, should result in more enjoyable browser use.


Text rendering on a non-mobile website using a previous version of Chrome.

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Update: And here's an "after" shot. Have fun noticing a difference.

These niceties are joined by some security fixes as well as a desktop Chrome update that shares the same version number despite its different changelog. I'm not going to go into any detail on what Windows and Mac users can expect since we aren't the Windows & Mac Police, but you can read on at the links below.

Sources: Chrome Releases [1], [2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • scarwin

    I'll just sit here and wait for the apk..

  • Adi

    Imagine if a Weight loss centre only showed you the "Before" pics.

    • Eric

      Android Central managed to be worse.. they don't even have a before

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    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Google APKs take only marginally less time to roll out than it does to lose that weight.

  • http://youtube.com/jedijens Jens Törnblad

    I just want them to fix text rendering on desktop. I can't read any of Googles own sites. That seems to be using Roboto. This is what the Play Store looks like. http://i.imgur.com/eHgtB2C.png

    • Gran PC

      Have you tried enabling directwrite in chrome://flags?

      • http://youtube.com/jedijens Jens Törnblad

        OMG! You are a hero! This completely fixed my problem. I've been having this issue for over a year. I googled it a lot but couldn't find an answer so I gave up. There were severeal bug reports on chromium but no solution.
        And now you fixed my problem in 3 seconds, haha!

        • Gran PC


        • Ambroos

          It's a very new thing and probably only today arrived as an experiment in the stable channel. But it was long overdue indeed.

        • Roh_Mish

          Happened to me too. Had tried directwrite once but after a few days, it started showing gibberish

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      • WORPspeed

        Had the same issue.
        My gratefullness is very grate...you are also very grate.

        much grate
        very thank you

        so directwrite

    • dsfgsfd

      Do you have Roboto installed on your PC? This could be making the text appear funny. I had installed Roboto on my computer and it messed up the Play store. (Apparently the computer has to get the font from the server... when you have it installed it uses it on your PC.)

      • Simps

        Yes that is what causes the problem. I had that font installed and it messed up the play store. uninstalled the font and all is fine.
        But that directwrite fix works if you have the font installed on your pc.

      • Cole

        You can also install Roboto from Google Fonts. On my laptop 1366x768 display, that is the only one that looks readable.

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

      Do you have Roboto installed on your computer?

    • Nomaan

      Have you tried turning it on and off ? :D

    • Jason E Perkins

      Support for DirectWrite is coming in Chrome 37, due at the end of this month. This will fix text rendering in Chrome for Windows.

    • http://www.androidnext.de/ Frank Ritter | androidnext.de

      Had this problem, too. What fixed it was to uninstall the local Roboto Fonts from Windows' fonts directory.

    • http://www.gregpak.com/entries/002275.shtml D.Smithee

      This kind of stuff, and the fact that Chrome on my Win 7 desktop was eating 650 megs of RAM with just Gmail and Facebook open. It'd been getting worse and worse. I finally said screw it and dumped Chrome once and for all.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    Hopefully the Windows version is updated to fix the terrible text rendering and scaling because of Windows 8.1's new text rendering

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Finally I'll be able to type accented uppercase characters again on Ubuntu. So fucking stupid that they let such an annoying bug into a stable release.

  • Rudy Ballesteros

    Lmfao, @Bertel King, Jr.:disqus you cracked me up. "we aren't the Windows & Mac Police"

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    • Peter

      what device is that apk extracted from?

  • TomsDisqusted

    WebComponents support in Chrome 36 is huge (for devs). Wonder if Android Chrome has same? (Firefox is well on its way too.)

  • Emexci Life

    i just downgraded my moto x to 4.2.2 just for use aosp browser with full functionality. i also use chrome but miss the old beautiful features.

    • Someoneoene

      Hol crap, why would you do that? You could just root and install the AOSP Browser, it's definitely easier than downgrading, and you won't lose any functionality.

      • Emexci Life

        i don't talk just about browser, i talk about using old web engine. flash player, text wrap, force zoom with aosp browser without issues. but thanks for tips ;)

        • Stanley C.

          Thats the reason Im still with my JB 4.3... kitkat is a fail browser experience!

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          They hacked Flash to work in KitKat ages ago...

    • Firmino
  • mgamerz

    Should have a gif of before and after, its pretty hard to tell.

    • Someonoene

      There's no need for a gif, just open the two images in different tabs and switch between them with ctrl+tab, you probably won't notice a difference at all.

  • Len

    I would use chrome on android if ghostery were available for it.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    The only difference I saw on the two screenshots is that the buttons are lighter gray now

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  • Andre

    For the second version in a row, link preview is not working on my moto g. When I click a cluster of links chrome now decides which link it open without showing the magnifying glass... It sucks. Reverting to factory chrome version fixes the bug... On my nexus 7 it works as intended though.

  • dddde

    Google needs to fix the text size on forums. It's ridiculous

  • efs

    I hope Google would one day fix the small font on Chrome for Windows 8.1 on high pixel density screens

  • http://goodinblogging.blogspot.in/ Saikiran Reddy Sama

    But the Size of the Browser Never seem to be Decreased. it just goes Up up and Even up but never lose its weight :O

  • JWolf_PDX

    They broke HTML video. Had to go back to build 35. Good job Google.

  • qv

    Chrome, the browser that occupies more and more disk space everyday, until you wonder what the f**k its storing and uninstall it.

  • jules

    Chrome for desktop is quit good in my dictionary, but how I hate Chrome for Android. No text wrap/reflow and nightview as main offenders. But also slow on even good specs and a huge battery drainer even while not using it. Every once in a while I enable it, update it and try it for longest ten minutes to quickly disable this for Android in my opinion inferior browser.

    How I miss AOSP Browser to open rss links for reader discussions in inverted view with superior text wrap. And removing its engine in KK hurt many other browsers too. Now in KK forced to use Dolphin with Jetpack, night mode, brightness control, etc. Has superior text wrap on any zoom too. But the night mode is too grey. General browser experience in Android is a big let down. Although browsing on my iPad with IOS 7 I find much worse.

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  • G

    Do you think they'll ever bring DuckDuckGo as a search engine for chrome on Android?

    • Jonathan Taylor

      No, do it yourself. Google it, you need chrome beta though, its in the play store. It can be done.