Google is pushing an update to Chrome Beta (v45.0.2454.21) this afternoon that introduces a couple of tweaks, along with a feature called “Chrome Custom Tabs.” Chrome Custom Tabs are better explained by Google here, but basically they allow customization in Chrome tabs by developers (toolbar color, enter/exit animations, custom actions to overflow menu). We’re still waiting for the update to arrive, so once we have it, we’ll see if we can’t show you a better visual representation of Custom Tabs.
The new build updates media playback controls and the bookmarks interface, and also fixes bugs. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, we highlighted this really cool swiping gesture in the iOS version of Chrome that allowed you to swipe down to refresh (like in Android), but also close or open a new tab. It’s super neat and we weren’t able to hide our jealousy at the time.
While we still wish Google would find a way to add that functionality into the Android version, an update to Chrome on iOS that was released today adds yet another gesture we wouldn’t mind having on this side of the mobile world. (more…)
Mayur Kamat, the product manager of Hangouts and Google Voice, shared some non-Hangouts 4.0 news with us this morning that still should bring some of you some pleasure. You can now drag and drop photos in Hangouts conversations in Gmail and the Chrome extension! (more…)
Over on the official Google+ page for Chrome, the team showed off a neat trick for iOS users, one which makes us, faithful Android fans, a wee bit jelly.
As shown in the above GIF, when a user pulls down on a tab, they can slide their finger ever so slightly to select between adding a new tab, refreshing the current tab, or closing the tab. Dang, that’s nice. (more…)
Tucked inside the latest Chrome Beta for Android (v44.0.2403.30) is a Flag that turns the thumbnail previews on your “New Tab” screen into icons. You can see it in action in the shot above. How clean is that?
On the flip side, you have the default setting pictured below, which shows those thumbnails, to let you know where you last left your most recently/often visited sites. (more…)
Just over a week ago, Chrome for Android received an update to version 43.0.2357.78 that included a feature called Touch to Search. If you have used the Chrome Beta within the last several months, you know exactly what this feature is. If you haven’t, well, you have probably emailed us within the last couple of days thinking that Chrome is now capable of doing the recently announced Google Now on Tap magic that was introduced at Google I/O. We get why you would think that, because Touch to Search is quite awesome, but no, it’s not exactly Now on Tap.
Still, let’s talk about! (more…)
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…)
Yesterday afternoon, Chrome stable for Android received an update to version 43.0.2357.78 that gave it a couple of features previously featured in the beta channel. Thanks to the update, users can now “quickly and securely” complete checkout forms with help from Google Wallet, plus they can perform Google searches of words or phrases just by touching them. (more…)