Chrome Beta for Android Update Finally Brings Back Number Count for Tabs

Remember when Google introduced a Material Design make-over to Chrome Beta back in July? The update was pretty awesome for the most part. But for the purists (or detail obsessive types), a certain minor-yet-critical feature was missing – a tab count on the tab shortcut button. You know, the little button next to the top menu that tells you how many tabs you currently have open? For whatever reason, in the July update, the button became an empty box without that ever-so-useful tab count.  (more…)

Is This the First “L” Android Version Appearance and a New Chrome App UI?

The crew over at reddit found an interesting set of screenshots in an Android related issue over at the Chromium bug tracker. Are you seeing the goodies in the image above? There are a couple of things that should immediately stand out. If not, there are more below.

Note:  Before I could even get this posted, Google removed the issue thread for this bug.

First, is that an “L” in the notification bar showing that the phone is plugged in with USB debugging enabled? If it is, then this would be the first time we are seeing a device running the “L” version of Android, which has not yet been announced by Google. If you’ll remember, Kit Kat devices showed a “K” or a key lime pie for USB debugging up until Android 4.4 was officially announced, which then caused the switch over to the Kit Kat bar icon.  (more…)

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

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.  (more…)

Chrome Wants to Emojify the Internet, Now Available on Android

The best April Fools’ pranks from Google are the ones that you can actually participate in. (Anyone remember 8-bit Google Maps?) Thanks to today’s shenanigans, you can add Emoji translate for Chrome to the short list of awesome, over-the-top, pranks that are best enjoyed with user participation.

As the Chrome team explains it, using Chrome on Android or iOS today will allow you to translate the web “using efficient and emotive illustrations, instead of cumbersome text.” Damn, text. So cumbersome. Like the brilliant Egyptians, your world can be read through pictures and symbols that cut out all of the fluff.

To check out how Chrome translates the web into emoji, be sure you have the latest version of Chrome (beta works too). Tap the menu button and choose “Translate to Emoji.”  (more…)