Back in Chrome Beta 39, Google introduced one of our favorite features to Chrome that was unfortunately, only available in select situations, and on select versions of Android. We are talking about colored toolbars, of course.
When first introduced, colored toolbars (assuming a website enabled them) could only be viewed when a phone or tablet was running Lollipop and if the tabs were merged into the app switcher. We have talked about how terrible this whole merging of tabs thing is in its current state, but had hoped all along that Google would tweak the way it worked to make it easier to switch between tabs when enabled. I don’t know if they will ever do that bit, but one thing seems to be happening in the latest Chrome Beta that was a merged-tabs-only feature. (more…)
Another version of Chrome has hit Google Play this afternoon, Chrome Dev. Much like Chrome Beta, which is still available at the time of this writing, the app’s description states “Live on the bleeding edge: Try out our latest features.”
So, if the Chrome Beta was not already buggy enough for you, Chrome Dev will allow you to have the latest features from Google ahead of anyone else, bugs and all. (more…)
Chrome Beta for Android is receiving an update today to version 43.0.2357.38 that attempts to speed up your online shopping experience. It also squashes bugs and speeds up the app’s performance. (more…)
The Chrome team is “exhilarated” and “delighted” today to announce updates for its Chrome apps for Android.
Chrome stable received the bump to version 41, which includes pull-to-reload from the top of most websites. Trust me when I say that this is one of those features you will soon not be able to live without. If you have used pull-to-reload at all in the beta builds, you know what I mean. (more…)
As a part of this job, I have the (depending on how you look at it) pleasure of setting up new Android devices more often than any normal human should. The process, which has become much easier and more automated on Lollipop, can be both tedious and exciting. On one hand, you have to sign-in to every single app all over again, but on the other, you get to start playing with a brand new phone or tablet. For the most part, the joy of using a brand new phone outweighs the 20-30 minutes it may take to set it up.
Over the years, my setup process has become much tighter, leaner, and more efficient. Instead of installing a hundred or so apps with each new device that comes across my desk, I often only install a select few apps that I can’t live without. Since I tend to spend only a couple of weeks with a phone during a review period before sending it back to its owner, I’ve realized that I probably don’t need three different Twitter apps and a package tracker and credit card managers and four different photo editors.
These days, when I setup a device, I can get get by with a group of specific apps that you wouldn’t typically find pre-installed on a phone. Obviously, I’m a huge Google services user, but those related apps are all installed before I boot a new phone for the first time. If we look outside of those (Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, etc.), here are the first 15 I install every time. (more…)
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…)
A gang of updates are hitting Google Play this morning, covering a large part of Google’s entire suite of apps. Included are updates for Maps, Google+, Play Music, Search, Gmail, and more.
While the updates are hitting devices, there is still little detail as to what is inside, but since all of these apps have received Material Design makeovers, you should not expect anything too fancy. If anything, it is minor bug fixing and tweaks. If you spot something serious, let us know below. (more…)
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…)