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]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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

  2. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. Been there from the start.

      2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  4. “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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. Works fine for me running ics redifined on my rezound

    1. Ditto with senseless redefined on rezound

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

    1. are you on ics?

    2. it installed fine on my rooted gnex running cm9 kang

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

  11. 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!

  12. Working great on Galaxy Nexus LTE running Codename Android.

  13. @PhilN – always been there.

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

  14. 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…

  15. Double post! sorry!

  16. 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…

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