Full screen browsing and simpler searching highlight the changes in Chrome 27 for Android

Chrome for Android has been updated to version 27 (27.0.1453.90 to be exact), bringing one of the most requested features along for the ride -- full screen browsing. In addition, other changes like simpler searching and tab history made it into Chrome 27.

The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 27 to the Stable channel. Chrome for Android 27.0.1453.90 contains a number of improvments including:

  • Fullscreen on phones - Scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
  • Simpler searching - Searching from the omnibox will keep your search query visible in the omnibox, making it easier to edit, and show more on your search result page.
  • Client-side certificate support - You can now access sites that require you to use a certificate and Chrome will allow you to select an installed certificate
  • Tab history on tablets - Long press the browser back button to view your tab history
  • And a ton of stability and performance fixes

The update is recommended, and you can get the latest version from the Google Play link above.

Via: Google Chrome

There are 33 comments

still1 says:

Update still didn't show up on my devices. I guess Google is doing the staged release with Chrome which they mentioned in IO.

cj100570 says:

Mine is up to date but I didn't update it and there was no notification that it updated itself. Check your version as it may already be the latest. With that said, add me to the list of people that the full screen, disappearing address bar, doesn't work for. It works on the beta though.

Have you tried to manually update ? That is what i had to do.

still1 says:

The update showed up later in the day and updated it manually.
yup before than i check the web as well.

MFR118 says:

Full screen not working for me...maybe I'm missing something? BTW Using Nexus 4

Barton82 says:

No, they are missing something. It's not full screen, it just hides address bar when you scroll down, so it does what most other browsers do by default. Full screen means full screen, so no status bar and that how it works on other browsers. There's no such mode in chrome.

MFR118 says:

Ok let me rephrase this...address bar hiding is not working for me...maybe I'm missing something.

Barton82 says:

Do you have version 27?

MFR118 says:


Barton82 says:

No idea then. The update doesn't show up for me yet, so I can't test it out. But it works for me on the beta, which is exactly the same build version (27.0.1453.90).

EDIT: And the moment I said it - there's an update. So both versions are 27.0.1453.90 right now and the "full screen" mode works on both.

The address bar is not hiding for me when I scroll, and the app is up-to-date. I'm assuming I'm not the only one with this issue?

ConTejas says:

Still have the status bar, but the address bar is hiding when scrolling on my N4.

bergeronjc says:

The address bar doesn't go anywhere for me either. I'm using a S4. It says scroll to disappear but it goes nowhere.

bergeronjc says:

Just found out how to get the update. Uninstall the Chrome updates, go to the Play Store, update Chrome. You'll have the latest version will full screen.

Still no bookmarks button!!

Am i the only one that find that ridiculous? I wont use it, till they actually give me it.

trenchkato says:

Its The star right in then menu overflow.

You can get to your bookmarks from the "star" button on the new tab page or from "Bookmarks" under the menu button.

deadlock4400 says:

@erry Hildenbrand

Thanks for the post.

very cool act from Google.

Thanks in Advance

It's a small thing but keeping the search terms in the omnibox is a godsend!

tim242 says:

That IS NOT full screen browsing. Full screen means just that...full screen. That means no status bar.

jdbii says:

Agreed. Naked Browser, Baidu, and Opera Mini all have full screen options where. So far as I can tell, Dolphin does not have full scree. I wish there could be TRUE full screen where it would cover the bottom Soft Keys as well as the status bar without having to root. Nonetheless, the update to chrome is still an improvement.

Dolphin does have full screen. It should be in the settings or the right pull tab.

Dade says:

Full screen worked for me until the beta was updated a couple days ago. Now neither the official or beta version make the address bar disappear when scrolling down.

Statusnone says:

Works fine for me on both beta and full version. Using a 32GB Galaxy S4 on AT&T.

Still not seeing it on my phone (Note 2). Still on 26.

But speaking of Chrome, it's been killing my battery since I made it the default browser last Monday. I noticed my battery was draining pretty fast today, and, upon inspection, Chrome has been using 16% of it, and I've barely used it.

Mine is working fine on the Note 2 but it is not very impressive really has many browsers already do this better anyway.

eye9 says:

Full Screen browsing was already included in Chrome Beta for Android for over a month now. I advise people to get Chrome Beta, faster features.

Proper text reflow yet? Forced to use the stock browser because text is TINY, and all different font sizes as well, when you zoom in, ESPECIALLY hard to see on forums like the XDA website.

^_^ This.

eman5oh says:

What I don't understand is why they disable the full screen on tablets. This is one of gripes with chrome on the Nexus 10. With the phablet ui that Google has forced on us it wastes screen space top and bottom.

kholmqvist88 says:

I would like Reader mode like in safari or Article Mode in the HTC One browser. That's the main reason why im using the default browser on my HTC One.

SeeK says:

Still no permanent desktop mode then? Pretty tired of ticking that box for every website that has a mobile-specific version...

survivorevil says:

I cant believe the stock browser is still smoother. Why google doesnt come up with a good version or chrome. The aosp browser is wayy better and it came out since android 4.1 wtf!!