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Chrome Beta for Android Updated, Brings Support for WebRTC

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An update hit the Chrome Beta app for Android today, bringing a few features, two of which are happily welcomed. Firstly, Google lists that the Beta will now have faster page loads, something which no one would argue against. Secondly, support for WebRTC has been added, which is a platform for users to enable “real-time communications” via the mobile web. 

What’s New:

  • Support for WebRTC, a web platform feature to enable real-time voice and video communications
  • Faster page loads
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

To grab the latest changes, you can pick up the updated app through Google Play.

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Cheers Chris!

  • picaso86

    Next Browser is the best so far… Is a combination of Chrome with Dolphin.

  • Artune

    Chrome and Chrom beta on my Nexus 10 is super snappy and quick but on my galaxy nexus the beta is extremely slow and almost unbearable. I only use the normal chrome for Gnex now.

  • mustbepbs

    Chrome still sucks. Come on Google. You must know this by now.

  • Tim242

    Does it still freeze? Did they add real full screen yet?

    • Chris Hannan

      Are you talking about the 3-4 mm status bar?

      • Tim242

        Yes. Full screen is full screen. In the stock browser, the status bar is hidden. It also is in the Samsung browser, HTC browser, Dolphin browser, and Google’s own previous stock browser.

        • Chris Hannan

          You’d barely gain any space though. The difference would barely be noticeable, but you’d lose the ability to see notifications come in, or even know they did if your device is on silent.

          • Tim242

            Regardless of the space gained, I want to see the full screen while browsing. Full screen means full screen, period. If you want to be bothered by notifications while browsing, you set notifications to sound or vibrate, or you…turn full screen off. Every other browser operates that way, even Google’s own stock Android browser. Why they do Chrome differently is beyond me.

          • Chris Hannan

            I guess they figure the cons outweigh the pros.

          • Tim242

            Please describe the cons. First of all, you can simply swipe down from the top to see the status bar, or you can not use full screen. There are no cons.

          • Chris Hannan

            Cons: time and notifications hidden while you scroll down or sit without scrolling.

            Pro: 4 mm of extra browsing space. It’s hardly anything. It’s about as pointless as making fullscreen on a 10″ tablet.

          • Tim242

            Your con makes zero sense. If that is your concern, you don’t use full screen. You think a choice is a con? Regardless of your opinion of space gained, this is the number one complaint of Chrome. I especially feel sorry for those stuck with screen wasting on screen buttons. With those and this non true full screen, your 5″ display is suddenly 4.4″. The poor Nexus 4 users go from 4.7″, to 4.2″.

          • Chris Hannan

            What choice? There’s no option to turn off full screen in Chrome.

            Don’t feel sorry for us though. I like the onscreen buttons and those that don’t have PIE controls.

          • Tim242

            That’s my point. Chrome doesn’t do full screen correctly. See the screenshot below from Google’s own stock Android browser.

          • Chris Hannan

            Well if Google allowed a toggle for hiding the status bar with full screen, then I don’t care what they do. But if they make it mandatory like the last full screen update, then I don’t want it.

          • Tim242

            What they are offering is not full screen. It simply hides the address bar when scrolling. Every other browser does that by default. Not sure why Google is calling it full screen.

  • Tyler

    Is it just me or does chrome stutter on the Galaxy Nexus and take forever to load UI stuff?

    • staticx57

      It’s chrome

    • Christopher Young

      I tried using Chrome Beta for months on my Galaxy Nexus, but gave up. Performance is completely subpar compared to the stock browser. Even on my Nexus 7, Chrome Beta is a sloppy lagging mess.

      • michael arazan

        The only reason why my Chrome beta lloads faster most of the time is because it doesn’t load those annoying flash ads that the stock browser does.
        Before i got my refurb GNex my old GNex was stuttering a lot loading pages, especially in stock browser.

        I don’t think Google supports or updates the stock browser anymore imo, when they update Android

      • Steve Benson

        That’s because 1gig of memory is insufficient by today’s standards. You need at least 2gigs for anything to run smoothly.

        Chrome ran like crap on my Gnex and Nexus 7. I now have a GS3 and chrome flies because of it has double the memory.

  • blakjakdavy

    Why doesn’t Google use g+ for chrome beta…? That’d be great!

  • blakjakdavy

    Why doesn’t Google use g+ for chrome beta…? That’d be great!