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Chrome Beta for Android Updated, Brings Google Translate and Bandwidth Management Settings

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Today, Google’s Chrome Beta for Android received a most impressive update through the Play store. Included is the addition of Google Translate, allowing users to instantly translate full webpages to their native tongue, as well as options for controlling and limiting bandwidth consumption through the browser’s settings. 

Those two might be the features that have Kellen and myself excited the most, but they have also added an awesome “+” symbol in the top left to bring up new tabs (where has this been the whole time?!), fullscreen support for Android tablets, in addition to “mobile friendly” error pages.

What’s New:

  • Google Translate: When you come across a page written in a language that isn’t in the same language as your phone or tablet, look for the translation bar
  • Fullscreen on tablets: Simply scroll the page to dismiss the toolbar
  • Support for fullscreen API
  • New graph showing your estimated bandwidth savings when you use the experimental data compression feature
  • Mobile friendly error pages

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By enabling the bandwidth saving feature, each page you visit is optimized by Chrome, allowing for faster page loads (since less data is going back and forth) and you will probably see a huge difference in data consumption if you fancy yourself a hardcore web surfer.

You can go grab the update through Google Play and try it out for yourself.

Play Link

Via: Chrome Blog

  • WP8_Android_iOS

    instead of bringing these useless features for small screen. why doesnt Google optimise the browser further, and make it worthy of replacing stock browser. right now i hate my nexus 4 due to chrome as it is not smooth, it doesnt feel smooth and it is bugggy. it is time for android and google to start optimising instead of bloating it further and further

  • Luke

    is there ay negative impact of usig bandwith control? e.g. pictures not loading at full resolution or quality of text or anything?

  • mustbepbs

    Still jittery as hell. Chrome/Beta has absolutely nothing on the AOSP browser. It’s seriously as smooth as Safari on the iPad.

  • Sean O’Keefe

    Have they incorporated a way to always view web versions of pages? That’s the only thing I’ve wanted for a while now, and the only reason I use Dolphin over Chrome on my GNex.

  • vikky goldn
  • http://twitter.com/Fresh2infinity Marcos

    Chrome is very slow on my Galaxy Nexus compared to stock browser…I’ll try it again one of these days to see if anything has changed

    • Andrew

      Very slow for me too on gnex

  • Justin Osborne

    Bandwidth management has been there for a while (or I know I’ve played with it several weeks ago). The problem I have with it is local DNS host files aren’t used.

    It took me quiet a while before I started blocking ads… but now that I do, no going back.

  • Heon Jun Park

    Not that I am complaining… but why did you go to Korean news site?
    was that the only shortcut to foreign language??

    Ahh I love google Translate

  • http://twitter.com/jimbohurt James

    Does anyone here use chrome beta as there main browser?

    • Justin Osborne

      Yep. Works great! Have since February.

      • michael arazan

        Yes, never a problem, unless I want to watch media that needs flash. I use stock browser for flash media, and Chrome beta for a slightly faster experience.

        Still would like to know why they can’t put flash in chrome like the chrome on my pc, phones have the hardware to run it

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  • Captain_Doug

    I’d love to use Chrome but I can’t live without quick controls(Quick ICS Browser).

    • vic norman

      how did you live before quick control stock browser

      • Captain_Doug

        I wasn’t. Not really. ;D

    • WP8_Android_iOS

      absolutley agree ics stock browser rocks, it is fatser, it is smoother and feels like a proper browser. chrome is made for desktop it is not ready to replace stock browser for heavy users.

  • Captain_Doug

    I’d love to use Chrome but I can’t live without quick controls(Quick ICS Browser).