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Chrome Beta Update Introduces Fullscreen Browsing, Simpler Searches

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Chrome beta for Android received an update today that introduced two minor features that actually change the user experience in a semi-major way. For one, as you scroll down web pages, the toolbar will disappear so that you get a fullscreen view. All you need to do is swipe back up ever-so-slightly and it will then reappear, so that you can type in a new search query, change tabs, etc. Second, the omnibox (search box) now holds onto your search queries after you press “enter.” So when search results appear, you can quickly edit or add-on to search queries much easier. Previously, your search queries would show up in the Google Search box of the actual Google website – now they stay in the omnibox.

The rest of the new features and known issues are below. 

New features:

  • 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

Known Issues:

  • 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

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  • scknoll123

    What is the difference between Chrome and Chrome Beta?

  • TheDrunkenClam

    And STILL the bookmarks widget does not capture and display thumbnail previews of the page. Leaving you with a blank grid of gray squares. Meanwhile the stock browser’s bookmarks widget captures and displays them immediately.

  • by replacing stock browser with this uselesss chrome, Android is doing it on Purpose so Likes of Samsung dont sell as many phones and people switch to Iphone instead because Google is making more money from IOS then Android. Even the stock browser on my old galaxy s2 on ics runs smoother and better than this. Dolphin was so good with Dolphin HD, since they got rid of HD the smoothness is gone and they also have other issues just like Chrome.

  • Doesn’t look full screen to me. You still have those lame buttons on your droid hd screen.

  • chucklehead322

    I’ve actually been pretty disappointed with the beta. It seems SOOOO slow compared to the standard release and much slower than the stock browser.

  • Tyler

    “Opening tabs is sometimes slow” Sometimes? Try all the time.

  • pblakk

    FINALLY w/ the Omnibox search update.

  • Finally, these are two huge updates that we’ve needed…. not Google: Fix the other issues and roll it out as Chrome final!

  • pookietookie

    Please give us the ability to TURN OFF that horrible “swipe to switch tabs” feature. Drives me UP. THE. WALL!!!

  • Austin Warren

    Everyone here is clueless

    • Ian

      At least you included yourself.

  • moelsen8

    Quick controls, damnit. Come on.

    • ArrTooDeeToo

      Funny. I say the exact same thing and get almost as many down votes as I get ups. 😛

      • ruggierohofman

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      • moelsen8

        Yeah I usually do too. This time was some kind of a fluke.

      • Tim242

        Some of the people here are idiots. Don’t worry too much about down votes.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Off-topic: The browser that I’ve been using for the past few days and the one that is slowly becoming my favorite Android browser to date, is Boat Browser. This thing is seriously fast as the Flash(okay, maybe not that fast), smooth as buttery silk chocolate(Mmm..), and as slick as the Fonz. Seriously. This thing is incredible! Try it out and see for yourself.

    Boat Browser: http://bit.ly/YLVoht

    • Tim242

      It’s ugly. It is too iOS-like.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Comment deleted because Tim242 is a dirty, rotten troll.

        • Tim242

          What are you, 12? How dare someone have an opinion different than yours.

      • EvanTheGamer

        It’s all about speed, reliability, and no force closing behavior. Also, there’s themes that you can choose from that spices it up a bit. Also, it looks better than Chrome. It also acts better than Chrome. Also, I wouldn’t know anything about iOS or its iDevices, but you apparently do.

        Damn iSheep lovin’ trolls and their lame comments. 🙂

  • Sooooo, I’ve been using Dolphin for months and it’s had “full screen browsing” feature long ago and it’s great……. how is Chrome just getting this feature now? Seems way behind the game for Google. Makes me think what else is Chrome missing that everyone else has been using?

    • Tim242

      It’s not even full screen now. The notification bar still shows. They are half-a$$ing it.

      • MrSteve920

        Does it really bother you that much that a few pixels of screen real estate aren’t being used for Chrome? How much more of a website would you be able to actually see if the notification bar wasn’t there?

        • Tim242

          Yes, it bothers me. I like to just see the webpage. Every other browser that implements full screen, actually uses the full screen…even Google’s own stock browser.

        • Same here, every other browser has full screen… even Chrome on iOS does. Full screen browsing is a must. Especially on a nexus device.

      • UndergroundWire

        Quite frankly, I prefer that. If I get a notification, I shouldn’t have to exit or scroll back up to see what it was. What I want is for the controls to minimize underneath it.

  • Sebastian Schulze

    the also release reduce data usage in the settings 😉

  • The. Great. Cornholio!

    I may have missed it but did they ever put in “Return To Top” for those extra long webpages?

  • Best thing ever. <3 Full Screen.

    • Tim242

      It’s not full screen : (

      • It does what I wanted… I just wanted the omni bar to disappear when I scroll down.

      • It’s full screen if you use pie 🙂

        • RadicalPie

          It is truely amazing

  • Tim242

    There is no full screen

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Okay, we get it Ron.

      It is full screen because the address bar goes away.

  • Austin Warren

    I notice there’s no full screen in the photos.

    • Jonathan Berry

      Uh, did you see the picture on the left? Full screen doesn’t hide the system notification bar, just the browser omnibox.

      • Tim242

        Apparently you’ve never used full screen. It absolutely removes the system notification bar.

        • Seth Schorr

          Just root your phone and stop whining about it.

          • Tim242

            What? Rooting has nothing to do with full screen in a browser. But FYI, I have owned 8 Android phones since 2009 and have rooted and installed ROM’s on them all. Rooting doesn’t get you full screen in a browser. Full screen is a feature in the stock browser. Why Google isn’t putting it in Chrome is beyond me.

        • TheDrunkenClam

          the stock android browser never removed the notification bar.

          • Tim242

            Yes it does. I had the Galaxy Nexus for a year. I then tried the DNA. I have had the Note 2 for several months. If you change to full screen, every one of them removes the notification bar. I can’t believe so few know what full screen is.

      • Austin Warren

        My phone does that already. Full screen is supposed to remove status bar.

    • Tim242

      You are correct. Have these people never used full screen?

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    Uhhhh… Finally? It’s been so long for a simple feature

  • sc0rch3d

    similar navigation to the Now app….which i really like. I think Now is going to replace Chrome Android soon.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Now will replace Chrome? What do you mean?

      • TheDrunkenClam

        your username makes me lol every time.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    Now, put some pie controls in and I’ll use it…

  • Tim242

    It’s about time they put full screen in! Now, squash those bugs!

    Edit: I can’t locate a full screen setting grrrr