Chrome beta for android gets an update: Full screen browsing added


Now you have more reasons to shift to Chrome Beta for android. The browser just added full screen browsing functionality along with some tablet specific features.

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If you are a person who likes to be ahead of the crowd and like to try out new features, then you may have installed Chrome Beta for android. For others those who don’t have a clue about chrome beta, the beta version for android would get the latest update from Google which would add some untested features on to the browser. Now, using the various bugs and lags reported by people using the new version, the company makes sure that the end consumers (chrome for android) receive a stable update without any bugs.

Now, coming back to the main story, the update to the latest version of chrome beta for android would add some cool functionality for which we were waiting for a long time. Chrome for beta finally supports full screen browsing, adding to the website content displayed on your phone. I know it’s a little late, but better late than never, right? When you are scrolling a website on the browser, your navigation bar automatically gets hidden and only when you scroll upwards you see the bar. Cool feature especially for phones with a small screen.

The update also fixes issues with the omnisearch bar. Earlier when you used to search an item using the omnibar, you couldn’t edit it if you got it wrong and you had to retype the whole thing again. But with the update, you can edit the search entry or even add to it. A minor update, of course but an essential one making it easier to search with chrome.

Another major feature added to the browser is the tablet specific history viewing option. Holding the back button on tablet while browsing would give you a drop down menu which will give you a list of past pages opened on the browsing. A pretty neat feature which will help you go to a page if you happen to close it accidently.

The entire list of features added by the update is given below:

  • Fullscreen on phones – Scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
  • Simpler searching – Searching from the omnibox will keep your search query visible in the omnibox, making it easier to edit, and show more on your search result page.
  • Client-side certificate support – You can now access sites that require you to use a certificate and Chrome will allow you to select an installed certificate
  • Tab history on tablets – Long press the browser back button to view your tab history

But when you are using a beta version, you have to expect some bugs and naturally this update is no different. There are many bugs reported on this update and some of them are as given below:

  • 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