Chrome Beta

Full screen browsing for tablets and automatic page translation highlight the changes for the latest Chrome for Android beta

Chrome beta for Android has been updated to version 28 (28.0.1500.21), bringing a number of requested features along with the new code base. Tablets now have the same full screen experience that phones have as of version 27, as the toolbar and omnibox simply disappear as you scroll down the page. In addition, automatic translate for pages not in the device's native language is available, just like users are used to on the desktop. Here's the bullet point change log:

  • Google Translate: When you come across a page written in a language that isn't in the same language as your phone or tablet, look for the translation bar
  • Fullscreen on tablets: Simply scroll the page to dismiss the toolbar
  • Support for fullscreen API
  • New graph showing your estimated bandwidth savings when you use the experimental data compression feature
  • Mobile friendly error pages

The jury is still out about any speed increases, but my first impressions are favorable. If you're following the Chrome browser beta track for Android, grab today's update in Google Play or from the link above.

Source: Google Chrome team


Reader comments

Chrome 28 pushed to Android beta channel


Simple things means so much to me..tear. It was a crime for us to have to go in the menu to create a new tab. Oh the rendering improvements are good too :) zooming and scrolling is way smoother.

I am sorry but I don't like the fullscreen mode...they need to make it an option not a requirement. It is a pain in the butt when you scroll up. I would prefer the bar to stay at the top.

I love the update but it crashes when I try to log n on here and when I got to Google main page Galaxy Note 10.1