Google has seen fit to grace us with a nice little Chrome Beta update this update Wednesday. if you're on Lollipop, you'll immediately notice one thing in particular—the address bar now goes all the way across the screen, but only if you have a certain setup. You'll have to dive into the flags for the rest, but it might be worth it.
You probably know the drill by now. Google isn't so good about changelogs, and it loves staged rollouts. We've got the APK mirrored below so you can install it now, and we're looking for all the changes. Here's what we've got so far.
- Overflow menu button now in extended address bar (with Lollipop merged tabs)
- New flag to activate experimental bookmarks manager
- New flag to enable password generation
- Close tab popup not has white text instead of gold.
You only get the new address bar if you have your tabs and apps merged in Lollipop. Otherwise the tab button is in the way so Google doesn't enable the new UI. In flags, you can now use "enable password generation" to (can you guess?) generate passwords for sites. Find the flag for "enable enhanced bookmarks" to get a page more like the updated desktop bookmark manager.
Also note, the internal build number for the N9's existing Chrome Beta version is higher, so this APK won't install over it. You can remove the Play Store version and install this one, if you like. There will probably be another update for the N9 soon.
The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.
File name: com.chrome.beta-40.0.2214.27-2214027-minAPI14.apk.
Version: 40.0.2214.27 (2214027) (Android 4.0+).