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Chrome Beta Receives First Update – Fixes and Introduces a Number of Bugs

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After hitting the Google Play store last week with a laundry list of bugs, we were eagerly anticipating the first update to Chrome Beta on Android. That update is now live and certainly fixes a bunch of bugs. As with any beta, though, it introduces another list of issues.

Jump through to see the entire list of fixes and new issues. Hit up the direct play link to install the beta. 

This update contains a number of fixes, including:

  • 164632 – Edit Bookmark is broken
  • 167351 – Youtube video controls are lost after returning from fullscreen
  • 167016 – Some Samsung Galaxy S2 freezes
  • 168062 – Double tapping on non-zoomable sites scrolls the page to the top briefly before returning to original position
  • 167379 – Sometimes tabswitcher is frozen
  • 166998 – Tab content stretched out while returning to it through side swipe gesture
  • 168632 – Crash – Stack Signature: TabAndroidImpl::FromWebContents
  • 168388 – Sync signed in info text’s font size is too small
  • 168430 – Bookmark star icon doesn’t turn grey/white immediately after bookmarking URL /deleting URL from bookmarks

Known Issues:

  • 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
  • Video continues playing after exiting fullscreen on android phones
  • [HTC Droid DNA] Getting crash on tabswitcher mode
  • 163439 – yahoo.com page links are not working
  • 166233 – Cannot submit comments on facebook posts or pictures
  • 165244 – Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 162486 – iframe scrolling broken
  • 158633: Tap disambiguation overaggressive
  • 169910 – Flickering while opening new tab

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Via:  Chrome Releases


  • I also noticed that I couldn’t log into Amazon after following a link they emailed me. Worked fine in non-beta Chrome.

  • summit1986

    Needs quick controls

  • William Ku

    still waiting for the day when something can beat quick ics browser.

  • In the beta have they added password sync back by any chance? I haven’t found any information as to why they removed it from the stable chrome for android a few months ago. Anyone know? Was it a security issue? Thanks.

  • Booyah

    I think I’ll just wait for them to merge all this stuff into the regular app. Still don’t really see any reason to use this over standard Chrome.

  • James Jun

    Stock Browser is still the smoothest browser that I’ve used on Android, next to Dolphin. Chrome is still nowhere near it’s performance.

    • MzA

      have you tried naked browser? its fast and minimal

    • TheDrunkenClam

      And still to this day, if you put Chrome’s bookmark widget on your homescreen it fails to capture and display the screenshot thumbnail preview on the widget.
      While with the stock browser’s bookmarks widget, it immediately displays the screenshot previews right after you visit that webpage.
      If you will, please report this bug to Google folks. I find it baffling that nobody seems to notice this.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Yes sir Chrome right now is useless. Boat browser and dolphin browser kicks chromes ass. But nothing beats the Samsung stock browser on my Galaxy Note 2.

    • michael arazan

      My Dolphin browser HD crashes on Flash heavy sites, I wish they would make chrome mobile exactly like the desktop version with built in Flash since mobile flash is dead with JB.

    • Droidzilla

      I think it is on the Nexus 4, but I would agree with you on other devices I’ve used.

  • MFG

    Still force closing on my GSIII running AOKP.

  • Rocketjrb

    Add full screen browsing and I’m in.

    • 4n1m4L

      And the quick controls from the WebKits lab options

      • br_hermon

        Wish I could vote this up times a Million!

    • Tim242

      Exactly! Why is is so hard to implement this simple feature?

  • Camilo Martinez

    Although I downloaded it, I never see any reason to use it. Without knowing what new features are available to make a difference, I don’t see much of a point.

  • I just want my widget back :/

  • Anyone actually use this? Should I use it over the regular Chrome?

    • I’ve used this. Though it is a little faster than stock on my Nexus 4, the bugs I’ve experienced makes me go back to Stock. I’d stuggest just rolling with stock for a while, there isn’t to much on the beta to wow you.

    • Magnesus

      Don’t. It is worse than regular Chrome right now and forgets passwords, don’t keep you logged in.

    • NicholasMicallef

      I guess YMMV depending on which device your using. On my nexus 7 it seems smoother than regular chrome while scrolling, but it does sometimes stutter in areas where regular Chrome never does. It does feel a bit rough around the edges but I’d rather have the latest features, even if that means a little less stability.

    • Dark Funk

      My personal experience with the Beta (SGS3 Verizon stock) has been great, and it’s my default browser. YMMV.

    • Droidzilla

      I’ve been happy with it, but it is a beta so you have to be forgiving of issues. What works on it works better and faster than stable, but you have to take the good with the bad.