Apr 10th, 2013

Google has brought some new features to the beta channel of Google Chrome for Android. The update, which brings us to version 27.0.1453.49 (the first version 27 release for Android), will bring some very nice features. For starters, a full-screen browsing mode can be enabled. When you scroll down a webpage the the top bar will disappear until you need it again, giving you valuable screen real estate to focus on whatever content it is you’re viewing.

Alongside that, the omnibox has been made simpler to use for searching. Your search term will remain in the omnibox as you typed it instead of being replaced by a URL, so if you only need to make a simple edit you won’t have to retype the entire search term or use the search box on the webpage.

Other key changes include the ability to view your tab history on tablets by long pressing the back button, and the ability to access sites which require certificate (and the related ability to select a certificate that’s already installed). The main list of known issues? Why, that’s no problem at all:

  • Noticeable lag in text entry on some text fields
  • chrome://history sometimes show duplicate items
  • Opening tabs is sometimes slow
  • Pages may flicker sometimes, especially during navigation

All the goods (and bads, I guess) can be had in the Google Play Store right now.