Chrome Beta to Get Desktop Mode and Full Screen in Future Updates

While the first release of Chrome for Android was great, there were still a lot of things missing that we’d taken for granted on stock and other browsers. A couple of those features were desktop mode (forcing a site to bypass its mobile site in order to use the real one) and full screen browsing (hiding the address bar when it’s not needed).

Google Chrome’s senior VP Sundar Pichai says both these features are on their way and that they’d continue to take leaps and bounds over the course of 2012. You didn’t expect Google to leave Chrome alone after its initial release, did you?

After all, it’s still just a beta – that gives them room to do a lot by the time they come to market with their first stable release. Be sure to check out our hands-on of Google Chrome beta here and find it in the Android market here (only for Android 4.0 users). [CNET via Droid-Life]

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  • Josh Harper

    Not gonna be any good unless it gets flash and we know that is not gonna happen

    • RampageDeluxe

      I use it almost exclusively now. I don’t miss flash at all.

      • AJA0

        Flash and HTML5 is like USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, one is newer and faster, but more than 95% of websites/devices use the latter(s).

        I need Flash in my browser, at least within the next 5 years.

        • aergern

          Until an OTA removes the stock browser .. use that for flash laden sites if you must. It’s not like they removed an avenue for you to view this content. By the time Chrome is the default I would expect Flash to have pretty much died … even Adobe sees that writing on the wall.

          • Knowles2

            Chrome will probably be default in the Jelly Bean version of Android, probably release by the end of the year at the latest. 

            Flash however will be around for the next 5 years at least if not longer. 

        • RampageDeluxe

          The only content I seem to be missing is advertisements.

      • slide83

        Same here.

    • JulianZHuang

      I need flash to watch YouTube videos on Facebook and on other website.

  • Splendor78

    Typo: “…take leaps and bounds by over the course…”

  • ganj_420

    Chrome browser is great, I hope they add offline reading soon

  • Rob

    Those are the features I was hoping for; I too have been using it as my main browser.

  • RitishOemraw

    It needs the Thumb-menu / thumb-control before I’m switching over……Hope it gets updated soon.

    -Thumb menu
    -Full-screen mode
    -Desktop mode
    -No in-your-face bugs

    And stock browser will be benched save for flash

  • Bobby Phoenix

    Funny how it took this long for Google to come out with Chrome.  I’m using Ninesky. It’s basically Chrome, but just not from Google.  It even uses the Webkit engine.

  • New_Guy777

    HTML5 is natively slower than Flash, even in Canvas.  It just can’t handle the same number of units at the same frame rate.  So, if you hate the Flash experience on a smartphone or tablet, it’ll be twice as bad with HTML5.  WE NEED TO HAVE FLASH SUPPORT!

  • Matt

    I use it exclusively now. I find that if I want to look at something that is using Flash now I just don’t bother or I wait until I get on my PC.  It is a bit crashy but I can live with that.
    It will be interesting to see how Chrome for Android evolves.. considering that Chrome (chrome chrome) has a 6 week dev cycle.. I wouldn’t mind seeing that kind of iteration on my mobile as well.

  • Louis

    Landscape mode would also be nice when you tilt the screen