Chrome Beta For Android Update Detailed – Breaks On Some Custom ROMs

Chrome Beta for Android has seen an update today that left many users scratching their heads. With no changelog under the “What’s New” section in the Market, people had no idea what actually changed. One thing many people did notice was a major performance increase sending their browser into overdrive, scanning entire image archives of Selena Gomez in milliseconds. The other thing rooted users noticed, is the app is now all but useless after the update so for all you custom ROM flashers out there — PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

After a short wait, Google did finally post their changelog via their official Chrome blog and here’s what you can look forward to in Chrome Beta 1.1 (0.16.4215.215):

  • Android Beam support – now beam URLs from Chrome to other devices with NFC.
  • Support for additional countries
  • Compatibility checks to ensure system prerequisites for Chrome are met
  • Essential bug fixes

Known issues

  • 112923 : No way to toggle between mobile/desktop UA
  • 113140 : YouTube Links Do Not Prompt For Which Application to Use
  • 113132 : Chrome for Android beta doesn’t support configured proxy in wi-fi settings
  • Other notable issues listed here

[Google | Market Link]

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  • Daniel Rose

    sorry but im running AOKP build 25 and dont have a problem

  • Sodiq Awokoya

    Its pretty good update, i see a little improvement. Only thing that annoys me is when you open a new tab, it will do a slight loading for the bookmark page. Shouldn’t that be pre-cache? takes away from it being snappy and responsive. 

    Nexus S 4G W/ Leaked ICS 4.0.4 Rom, bulid IMM26

    • Chris Chavez

      Yeah, that’s one of the annoyances I have with browsers in general on Android. 

      Web pages take up a LOT of RAM. I think that might be the only reason it doesn’t cache ’em.

      • PhilNelwyn

        Has the “zoom & tap link” feature been included in the app from the start, or is it part of the update ?
        …when you tap between two links that are very close one to each other (like the tabs on the top of Phandroid pages), a bubble pops up to let you tap on the one you aimed at.

        • ericl5112

          Been there from the start.

      • Lavoisier1794

        One of the things I love about the Dolphin browsers is that you can actually see true tabs at the top. Of course, that’s probably the main reason it crashes a fair amount on my phone.

  • Lex_407

    As soon as I’m reading this the damn market updates the app and kills it for me. This totally sucks, just when I really started digging Chrome. What a shame.

    • ericl5112

      I bet you could uninstall it and find the .apk of the old one.

  • John

    “YouTube Links Do Not Prompt For Which Application to Use”
    Oh good…I was hoping they were going to eventually fix this. can’t wait

  • _ThaNerd_

    HP Touchpad CM9 Alpha2 doesn’t work with the latest update. Had to go back to an older version of Chrome.

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    Had Chrome on mine with custom ICS rom for the Galaxy S. Forced reboots when clicking links. Problem is, it booted into recovery every time. Uninstalled til ICS Roms and Chrome are more stable.

  • Aeires

    Downloaded this after getting ICS on my Transformer, no problems so far, everything is working great.

  • skater57

    Works fine for me running ics redifined on my rezound

    • RobMorris

      Ditto with senseless redefined on rezound

  • Shawn

    Clicked on the market link and it said incompatible with my device(rooted mt4g). Wtf! I love chrome on my computer :(

    • RobMorris

      are you on ics?

    • Luxferro

      it installed fine on my rooted gnex running cm9 kang

  • Justin

    Couldn’t you restore and earlier version from Titanium Backup? (Root users)

  • ryan rochford

    my only beef is i use a bluetooth mouse on my TP and when i use the scroll wheel, no scroll… works on dolphin and stock browser tho….once fixed it will be my primary browser for sure!

  • Justin

    Working great on Galaxy Nexus LTE running Codename Android.

  • mikeyd

    @PhilN – always been there.

    Works fine on Virtuous Quattro RC4 “leaked build” on Desire S.

  • ninotsmindeli

    Am I the only ns4g user experiencing unusable slowdown on the address bar? I’m always confused why I don’t hear more people.complaining about this. Tried many rooms, kernels, clock speeds… its really the only thing holding this back for me! Still crossing my fingers that an update will fix this and that it isn’t the hardware of the phone…

  • ninotsmindeli

    Double post! sorry!

  • fredphoesh

    The new Chrome does not work on the HP Touchpad with ICS… I uninstalled Chrome and used Titanium pro to reinstall the older version, works fine again…