Google Chrome Beta Channel Now Available


The Chrome Beta channel for Android has launched! It kicks off with version 25.0.1364.8. Much like the Beta channel on the desktop, it’s essentially a preview of upcoming features and fixes that have passed through the development channel and is running through the final testing stage before being pushed out into the finalized version. While the Beta channel may not bring a huge appeal with it, it’s a great way to test out new features that may be broken. Besides, it’s always fun being one of the first people to get an early look at an early release. Some of the more known issues below:

  • 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 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

To be honest, bug 167351 and 162486 sound like the worse of them all. Albeit 166233 is pretty nasty if you’re an avid user of the desktop version of Facebook. On a more positive note, beta version 25 brings some huge improvements to Chrome in terms of HTML5 support and JavaScript performance.

Those who are interested in picking up the Beta channel of Chrome, just click this link directly, as it’s not available via a search in Google Play, nor is it widely publicized. The great thing is that the Beta channel installs alongside the full release of Chrome just in case the Beta channel gets pretty buggy.

Anyone tried out the Beta channel yet? How are you liking the somewhat noticeable improvements?

source: Google Chrome Releases

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