Chrome 42 Update Will be Last for Ice Cream Sandwich Users

In a post published on the Chromium Blog, Google announced it is bringing an end to Chrome updates for users of Ice Cream Sandwich. While ICS users can still use Chrome even after support dies, the Chrome team states that, “Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users.”  (more…)

Chrome Beta 41 for Android Adds Pull-to-Refresh in Pages

Chrome Beta on Android was released moments ago as build 41.0.2272. The update is mostly minor, but does include a new feature that seems like something we could have used long ago – pull-to-refresh at the “top of most pages.” That’s right, now when you are in a web page and want it to reload, you don’t have to go hunting for a refresh button. All you need to do now is pull from the top of the display downwards and you will refresh the page.

To give it a try, grab the update from Google Play or sideload the APK below.  (more…)

Google Mobile Results Now 100-150 Milliseconds Faster in Chrome for Android

According to Ilya Grigorik, a developer advocate at Google, when you tap on a Google Search result after performing a mobile search, the page will now load 100-150 milliseconds faster in Chrome for Android. Thanks to a “reactive prefetch,” browsers (currently only Chrome for Android) begin fetching not only the destination pages that are being accessed, but they also are told of other critical resources that need to be fetched in parallel “to speed up rendering.”  (more…)

Google Updates Santa Tracker App, Chrome Extension, and Homepage

It is December, which marks among other things the beginning of Google’s annual Santa Tracker. A fun-filled countdown to Christmas, the homepage features a number of games and projects, with the promise of new activities each day.

Among the web-based interactives are parachute practice, “reindeer games,” and phone calls to Santa. The Santa Tracker app for Android, meanwhile, has been updated to support tablet, smartphone, TV, and wearable form factors. For PCs, a Chrome extension is available for download.  (more…)

You are Seeing That Hot DL Pink in Chrome for Android on Lollipop for a Reason

A couple of you noticed a subtle but awesome change we made to your Droid Life Chrome experience within the last week, but we wanted to make sure that you were all aware. Thanks to a change made in Chrome Stable and Beta v39 that allows websites to show custom theme colors in the toolbar on Lollipop, you should now be seeing that DL pink each time you head to our site.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Chrome Tabs Become a Part of the App Switcher

When you first boot a device running Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and open Chrome Beta, a pop-up will introduce you to the idea that your Chrome Beta tabs will now be a part of the app switcher UI. That might sound cool on the surface, but unfortunately, the implementation isn’t great yet. Thankfully, you can easily turn this feature on or off until Google (hopefully) adds back some of the functionality that goes missing with this option turned on. Let’s talk about how this all works.  (more…)

New Hangouts Chrome App With Floating, Bubbly Interface Arrives – For Windows and Chrome OS

Google released what appears to be a really attractive new Hangouts app for Windows and Chrome OS this morning. Sorry Mac OS X users, you got left out this time.

It floats your conversations to the side of your desktop in bubbles, sort of like Facebook’s Chat Heads, keeping them out of the way, but also easily accessible. You will have easy access to your full contact list or currently running conversations with notifications and syncing across all platforms. The app even has full video and voice calling features, all of which is available from your desktop.

Looks neat – wish I could test it myself. Have fun, Windows and Chrome OS users!  (more…)