Thursday, January 10, 2013

Chrome for Android Beta Channel

The Chrome Team is excited to announce our first Beta channel release of Chrome for Android, based on Chrome 25. You can download version 25.0.1364.8 from Google Play (note, please use the direct link, you will not find it via the search function in Google Play). Similar to our other platforms, Chrome Beta for Android offers a preview of new features and enhancements currently in development. You can install both Chrome and Chrome Beta side by side on the same device.

Chrome 25 on Android brings a slew of updates and improvements over our current Chrome 18 based stable channel, including better HTML5 support and JavaScript performance. That said, non-Stable channel releases can sometimes be bumpy, and our new Beta release is no exception. The following are some of the larger known issues in today’s release:

  • Performance is sluggish, noticeably on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S
  • Frequent freeze on devices with specific versions of Qualcomm GPU driver
  • Text autosizing may break formatting on some sites
  • 164632 - Editing bookmark feature is broken
  • 165244 - Text position handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 163439 - Clicking on links in yahoo.com not navigating on Nexus 7
  • 166233 - Unable to submit comments on Facebook posts in desktop version of Facebook
  • 165244 - Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 167351 - Youtube video controls are lost after returning from fullscreen video mode
  • 162486 - iframe scrolling broken

Much like other Chrome channels, we’ll be pushing regular updates, and we recommend you check the “Auto-update apps” checkbox in Google Play Store settings on your device to get the latest updates right away. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. More information on Chrome for Android is available on the Chrome site.

Jason Kersey
Google Chrome

8 comments:

Sterling said...

This is very cool news!!

I just installed Chrome for Android beta on my Nexus 10 :-)

Wilton Gorske said...
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William said...

whohoo, finally!!! Chrome finally flys on my new phone!

Marcus Townsend said...

If you guys really want to see what to change, install the AOSP browser you released back in 2011 with the Galaxy Nexus on the Nexus 10. Then run your app (Beta or stable) side by side with it. It should be very apparent where you guys need to put work in. Don't know what I mean? Load up www.theverge.com - you guys should be familiar with it. After seeing the huge difference in load times, try to scroll around using both the AOSP browser and the Chrome (or Chrome Beta) browser. Fix that and you're golden.

Richard Bradshaw said...

Finally the webp chroma channel fix is here! Thought this day would never come! Webp can now be safely used on Android!

Det said...

FI-NAL-LY.

Unknown said...

where's the link for the bug on sluggish performance on the galaxy nexus? Or is this something that won't be fixed?

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