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Chrome Browser for Android

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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Browse the web on your Android the same way you browse the web on your computer at home or the office — with Google Chrome. Chrome for Android takes all the great features you love, like cross-device sync and inline translation, and puts it all in a format designed for the smaller screens on our mobile devices.

The Android version of Chrome uses the same rendering engine and code base as the full desktop version, so your experience will be both familiar and consistent across the Internet. And while Chrome offers features that make it fast — like instant search results and your history right from your URL address bar — it also is designed to save you some bandwidth. Using the tools in Chrome you can use up to 50 percent less mobile data that you would with another browser. In a world where data caps are the norm, we love anything that saves us a few bits and bytes.

If Chrome didn't come pre-installed on your Android, you can download it for free from Google Play.

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Chrome scrolling is about to get much smoother thanks to a new API

Chrome scrolling is going to be smoother (eventually) thanks to a new API

It looks like scrolling is about be smoother in Chrome, as Google plans to integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into the browser. While there's no timeline for when the API will be implemented, the end result should be less jank when scrolling through a website in Chrome. The Chromium team...
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Chrome 42 will be the last version for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

People who are still using a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon won't be able to get any more updates for Google's Chrome browser. Ironically, Google first launched Chrome for Android many years ago for Ice Cream Sandwich users. Now that era is ending for the browser. In a post on...
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Chrome 41 for Android adds pull-to-refresh

Google is rolling out the latest version of Chrome for Android devices. The update to Chrome 41 brings with it a new feature that lets users pull down a page from the top to refresh it. If that feature sounds familiar, it's because Google added it to the last beta version of Chrome for Android in...
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YouTube now defaults to its HTML5 player on web browsers

If you access YouTube on a web browser such as Chrome, the videos will now use the HTML5 player by default. Google announced this move today, while also revealing it is "deprecating" the old Flash-based embeds and Flash API from YouTube. In a blog post, YouTube stated that advancements in the...

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Chrome scrolling is about to get much smoother thanks to a new API

Chrome scrolling is going to be smoother (eventually) thanks to a new API

It looks like scrolling is about be smoother in Chrome, as Google plans to integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into the browser. While there's no timeline for when the API will be implemented, the end result should be less jank when scrolling through a website in Chrome. The Chromium team...
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Latest Chrome Canary release utilizes next-gen HTTP/2 web standard

The latest build of the experimental Chrome Canary web browser, which early testers can download to see what's coming to Google's web browser, now supports the HTTP/2 web standard. This next-gen standard requires websites to be configured to use the improved tech (so you'll likely fail to notice...
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Chrome 41 for Android adds pull-to-refresh

Google is rolling out the latest version of Chrome for Android devices. The update to Chrome 41 brings with it a new feature that lets users pull down a page from the top to refresh it. If that feature sounds familiar, it's because Google added it to the last beta version of Chrome for Android in...
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Chrome 42 will be the last version for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

People who are still using a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon won't be able to get any more updates for Google's Chrome browser. Ironically, Google first launched Chrome for Android many years ago for Ice Cream Sandwich users. Now that era is ending for the browser. In a post on...
Google steps up anti-malware initiatives with updates to Chrome and Search

Google steps up anti-malware initiatives with updates to Chrome and Search

Google already shows a warning message when you attempt to download malicious software, and the search giant is now expanding its efforts with the SafeBrowsing initiative to protect you from visiting websites that are flagged for malware. Chrome has been updated to display a new warning message...
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Android's in-app WebView now has a beta channel

For developers that have utilized the in-app WebView component to display HTML content in their Android apps, we have good news: Google just launched a beta channel for said WebView. This means developers can now try out upcoming versions of the WebView and make adjustments to their apps and...
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Google to ditch SPDY support in Chrome in favor of HTTP/2 for faster browsing

Google's Chrome browser will see a rollout of support for HTTP/2 in the coming weeks. HTTP/2 is designed to be the next generation version of the networking protocol for the World Wide Web, replacing the current HTTP 1.1. At the same time, support for a competing protocol, SPDY, will be ending in...
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Chrome update will be less glitchy on Samsung devices

Google has started rolling out an update of its Chrome browser for Android devices. The new version number is 40.0.2214.109 and Google states, "This release contains a fix for some Samsung devices seeing a permissions error." This update contains 11 security fixes, many of which are based on...
Chrome Beta for Android updated with pull-to-refresh, bug fixes

Chrome Beta for Android updated with pull-to-refresh, bug fixes

Chrome for Android users rejoice! Pull-to-refresh is here — in beta form at least. Google posted an update for its Chrome Beta app that brings the addition of everyone's favorite refresh gesture, as well as numerous bug fixes and the usual smattering of performance improvements. As of this...
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YouTube now defaults to its HTML5 player on web browsers

If you access YouTube on a web browser such as Chrome, the videos will now use the HTML5 player by default. Google announced this move today, while also revealing it is "deprecating" the old Flash-based embeds and Flash API from YouTube. In a blog post, YouTube stated that advancements in the...

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