Google is still in the process of adding a dark mode to all of its applications, in preparation for Android Q's system-wide dark mode toggle. Chrome is one of the few remaining holdouts, but not for much longer. A dark mode toggle has been added to the experimental Canary branch of Chrome, though it's a bit buggy right now. Read More
Although on Android it's been possible to install different releases of Chrome simultaneously to compare versions and test things out on t, the same thing hasn't been true on Windows and Mac. Once you installed Chrome, it defaulted to the stable channel and you could go into settings to switch to the Beta or Dev channel, but you couldn't have both or all 3 side-by-side. That made it difficult for devs to test their sites or web apps on new versions of Chrome while still being able to monitor their status on the current stable release. (I haven't looked into it, there might have been workarounds, but there was no official solution). Read More
After hitting the beta channel back in April, Chrome version 51 has just been pushed to Stable with a new API that allows sites to interact with the browser's credential manager and some under-the-hood changes that should improve the scrolling experience and power consumption on both mobile and desktop. It also entirely removes the option to have Chrome tabs show up in the recent apps view on Android, which was introduced in Lollipop.
The Credential Management API is a new tool proposed by the W3C group which aims to make it easier and more streamlined to sign in to sites and webpages. Read More
Google likes to tinker with the UI of the mobile version of Chrome's user interface in the Dev and Beta versions of the app. Not every change we spot in these versions makes it into the standard, stable version of Chrome, but the changes to the New Tab page that we saw back in August seem to have made their way to the front. We're getting tips and reports from dozens of Chrome users that the UI change, which swaps out six website thumbnails for eight site icons instead, is now live. Read More
While Chrome Beta users have been on version 35 for the last several weeks, those who prefer to stay with the Stable build are finally getting a taste of what's been cooking under the beta hood for a while now. This includes some navigation enhancements, improved video support, and a few others.
- Undo Tab Close
- Fullscreen video with Subtitles and HTML5 controls
- Support for some multi-window devices
- Support for casting some videos with Chromecast
- Other bug fixes
Version 35 is rolling out through the Play Store now, so jump in and grab the update. Or, to get new features before they hit prime time, grab the latest beta. Read More
If you're a fan of Chrome for Android but aren't adventurous enough to live with the beta version as your daily driver, then you'll be happy to know that some of the best features to date have finally arrived in the stable version of the app.
Today's update brings fullscreen support to tablets – simply start scrolling and the bar disappears. As a Chrome beta user, I can attest that this is one of the most useful features in all of mobile browsing. Be glad you have it.
Aside from that, the Google Translate language bar will bow pop up when reading pages in other languages, for quick-and-easy translations. Read More