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


Reader comments

Chrome for Android updated, brings full screen browsing


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

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!!