Sometimes the smallest changes can make for the best improvements. The latest update to Chrome Dev for Android scored some points with us earlier for expanding theme color support for users that don't care for merging their tabs with apps, but that wasn't the only cool enhancement that came along. Users can now look forward to seeing a snackbar open up each time a download completes. The handy widget shows both the name of the downloaded file and a button to open it.
Left: The new snackbar in action. Right: Snackbar on Dev Preview 3 missing the open button.
In earlier versions of Chrome, all download operations appeared only as an animated notification. When a download finished, the animation simply stopped without any other hints it was done. In the latest Chrome Dev, the animated notification is still there, but the snackbar also appears for a few seconds after a download is completed, then slides back out of view on its own.
There are a couple of little issues with the current implementation. To begin with, the snackbar can't be dismissed with a quick swipe to the side. This isn't strictly necessary, but it is recommended in the design guidelines. Also, if you just don't like the extra visual feedback, there's no setting or hidden flag to turn it off. Finally, there seems to be a bug that prevents the Open button from appearing on Developer Preview 3 (shown in the screenshot above). This is the Dev release, so bugs should be expected. Most of these details will probably be ironed out by the time Chrome 47 hits Beta.
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.dev-47.0.2516.0-251600001-minAPI21.apk
Version: 47.0.2516.0 (251600001)
- Dominic Powell