Chrome for Android Updated, Brings Improved Text Rendering and Doodles on New Tabs

An update is being pushed out to the Chrome browser app for Android devices, one which includes improved text rendering, plus a multitude of bug fixes. Google also notes that upon opening a new tab page, a friendly Doodle will be there to greet your eyes.

In addition, a few security fixes have been addressed in this release, which includes a URL spoofing fix, as well as an origin policy bypass fix.  (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…)

Google to Shutdown Chrome Extensions Not Installed From the Chrome Web Store

Shady, third party YouTube downloaders, your run has come to an end (sort of). Google announced today that it will begin shutting down Chrome extensions that were installed outside of the Chrome Web Store (CWS). They also announced that going forward, users can only install extensions that are hosted on the CWS. At this time, this new change seems to only affect Windows users.  (more…)

Chrome for Android Sees Update to v35, Includes Undo Button and Chromecast Support

Back in April, Chrome Beta for Android received an update that introduced what has become one of my favorite features in the mobile browser – an undo button for closed tabs. That feature has finally made its way to Chrome stable, thanks to build 35.0.1916.122 that is rolling out today. Now, when you accidentally close a tab or close one before realizing that you need back into it, you can do so with a pop-up undo button.

The update also brings fullscreen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls, support for some multi-window devices, and support for casting “some” videos with Chromecast.

Grab it on Google Play.  (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 Remote Desktop Goes Into Beta on Android, Here is a Quick Look

According to a lucky reader of ours, Google opened up a beta test for its Chrome Remote Desktop app on Android within the last few days. The beta is invite only at this time, with invites rolling out to those who “expressed interest” in helping Chrome improve their remote desktop client. Like the Chrome extension, this app does indeed give you remote access to your desktop computers, only this time through Android devices (both phones and tablets).  (more…)