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Chrome Beta Version 35 Brings New Features, Tab Closing Undo and Chromecast Video Support

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In a move which breaks Google’s usual Wednesday update ritual, we are seeing an update this afternoon to the Chrome Beta app with a couple of feature enhancements.

The first feature on the changelog is the ability to undo closing a tab, which may be quite the addition for a few users out there. We also have support for fullscreen video with Subtitles and HTML5 controls, the ability to use Chrome with “some multi-window devices,” and support for casting “some” videos with Chromecast. Most certainly another notch in the HDMI dongle’s belt. 

The upgrades are not quite ready for the non-beta app yet, as a few features are incomplete. YouTube Casting is not yet fully complete through the browser, and neither are fullscreen video controls.

The update is rolling out over the next few hours on Google Play, but we have an APK file available for you to sideload down below.

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Via: Chrome Releases Blog
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  • Kofi Williams

    I’ve been chromecasting from beta for weeks. Is something different now?

    • Jason Kahn

      I believe it will work without having to turn it on manually, though don’t quote me because I already had the flag enabled.

  • http://www.chasehammer.com/ Chase Hammer J
    • Adrynalyne

      WTH?

      Why would that need root access?

      Did someone literally build it from AOSP and then toss it on the market with no changes? It has an ad SDK in it as well.

      That is pretty crappy.

      • http://www.chasehammer.com/ Chase Hammer J

        Not really sure but I do know I tried installing the browser APK as a normal app and it doesnt work, it will either not load at all with an error message or it opens but when you try to load a website crashes.

        Only way I have ever got it to work otherwise was to install it in the System directory and this app does that without me having to move files myself.

        • Adrynalyne

          Now you have me curious. I am going to try to get it working outside of System.

        • Adrynalyne

          I understand now.

          This is just an installer that downloads a precompiled version of the browser.

          I chose his 4.3 version and downloaded it from the actual URL:

          *******Failure [INSTALL_PARSE_FAILED_NO_CERTIFICATES]***********

          I would not install unsigned software myself.

  • http://www.virtuaniz.com/ Akshat Mittal

    I think we already have undo close tab, just do Ctrl + Shift + T. Simple. I use it many times a day.

    • 640k

      Show me CTRL button on tablet/phone, cause that’s what this article is referring to.

      • http://www.virtuaniz.com/ Akshat Mittal

        True that. The article doesn’t mention “Android” or “Mobile” anywhere, except the “Play Link”, so I just thought about the PC version. Thanks for pointing out.

  • yummy

    Somebody likes to say “HDMI dongle” a leeeeeetle too much. Beavis! I need my TP!

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  • valapsp

    its interesting we still dont have the “forward” button.

    • PuzzleShot

      outside of the overflow menu, i assume you mean?

      • valapsp

        oddly I didn’t know there is something there.

  • cizzlen

    Beta… Version 35. Yup I see nothing wrong with that.

  • 640k

    I just confirmed that if you play videos using chrome beta through a certain site not related to hamsters, that you can cast to ChromeCast.

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    Can someone explain to me whats the difference between chrome and beta on android?

    • Chris

      Chrome beta is much like chrome on the desktop. Features not quite ready for prime time and still under development

  • huskerhog

    I don’t see the Chromecast support in the upgraded version.

  • Wagner

    Bring back Quick Controls!!!!
    That is all.

    • ReturnOfheMack

      Yeah that’s the one thing I miss from the AOSP browser app.

      • jeff manning

        Install CyanogenMod’s aosp version from their latest release. Doesn’t haven’t that black bar at the top when using quick controls. Plus history and incognito work.

        • ReturnOfTheMack

          I thought about doing that, I use CM on my HTC One, but I actually prefer Chrome after using both. I haven’t missed flash capability either, just quick controls. I don’t use the browser on my phone hat much so it hasn’t been that big of a deal.

  • Tyler

    They need to add an undo to the Music app for playlists. I don’t know how many times I’ve swiped a track away by accident.

    • MacNificent

      This right here is exactly what I need. I’ve lost a lot of really dooe playlist because of it

    • michael arazan

      Music app also needs a sleep timer so I can go to sleep and it will shut off after a set time like Tune in and Pandora does

  • r0l

    An I missing something or is this different from reopening a closed tab via recent tabs?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      A toast notification will appear at the bottom of the screen allowing you to undo the closed tab if you tap on it. It’s the same method Google Now uses when you swipe away a card.

      • Cowboydroid

        And a very welcome addition.

      • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

        But I am still unsure how the Casting works. How is that done? I’m not seeing the option somewhere.

    • Simon Belmont

      That’s what I thought, too, at first. I just used the recents tabs.

      But this is nice because you can instantly reopen a tab if you accidentally closed it. I like it.

    • PuzzleShot

      when you close a tab, an undo bar similar to the one in the gmail app appears at the bottom of the screen

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing