Chrome beta

Chrome's toolbar now hides automatically when scrolling down webpages

A new build is available for Chrome Beta users, moving the beta app's version to 27.0.1453.49. Those that have stuck with the stable version of Chrome might be persuaded to come over to the dark side thanks to the latest awesome feature: fullscreen mode.

Upon scrolling down a webpage, Chrome's toolbar will now completely disappear, giving a boost to the precious screen real estate that web page content can use. If a a web address needs to be typed in or the menu needs to be accessed, scrolling up will quickly restore the toolbar. This feature is currently for phones only.

Tablets get their own exclusive feature as well. Holding the browser back button will reveal a drop down area, with previously viewed tabs displayed in a vertical list. Viewing tab history doesn't get any easier.

All devices also receive a new and improved search function. Now when a search term is entered into the omnibox (address bar), it will stay in the omnibox -- instead of being replaced with a web address upon searching. This not only makes it easier to go back and edit search terms, but it eliminates the need for displaying a search box within the webpage, allowing more search results to be seen on the page.

Client-side certificate support was added to this release as well, allowing access to sites that require the use of a certificate. Users are given the option to select their desired certificate from any that are currently installed.

Expected bugs with this beta build include some lag and page flicker, as well as duplicate history items. If you don't already have Chrome Beta installed, follow the link at the top. Full release notes can be found below.

Source: Chrome Releases Blog


Reader comments

Chrome Beta updated with fullscreen mode, better search, tab history


Didn't the iPhone get this feature a day or or two ago? Surprised they got it before android users did (and theirs is stable)

Fullscreen = FINALLY!!!!

I was quite disappointed to hear that iOS users got it a few days ago and here we were in Google's own boat and we didn't even have it in beta.

>print Fullscreen

... not sure what you're trying to do here... ;). Strings should be quoted though.

Well, opera has done this with most of their browsers for quite a while. So... Welcome aboard Google.

I had fullscreen mode on the browser that came with my old Thunderbolt. I don't think it's so great. Hopefully that's a feature I can toggle off once it's released in the stable version.


I can see this being a big deal if you have, say, a 3.7" screen... but I've never had an issue with the screen realestate shown in Chrome on my Nexus 4.

Downloaded on my Nexus 7 for the fullscreen mode, but the toolbar is still always up on the top. Am I missing something?

Until they have text reflow implemented this browser is utterly useless! Doesn't even come close to speed and functionality of Firefox or even Dolphin. The only thing that works better in chrome is syncing. Google and some chrome fans might believe fullscreen is a revolution but as long as I have to swipe from left to right and back to read something in a readable font size forget this POS browser.

Text reflow is stupid, and all other browsers render pages terribly even if they are a bit faster. I've tried switching from Chrome a few times but I can't stand how webpages on other browsers look.

I wouldn't say text reflow is 'stupid', it can help make the mobile online experience much better for some. Keep in mind, not everyone has 20/20 vision and there is no universal preference for device distance and therefore readability. I also wouldn't say Chrome is 'useless' without it.

I've just tried about every Android browser that I trust enough to install and, IMO, Chrome does just render things 'better' or more true to the desktop experience. With regard to text size, I've found that going into Accessibility and increasing the font size percentage, 115% for me personally, and checking the zoom override option mitigates most of the need for reflow since the default text size will be fairly large. On pages with already large text, a quick double-tap zooms back down to the original, large size. *shrug* Not exactly awesome but I'll have to live with it apparently.

I'm pretty disappointed that reflow has been abandoned but I also understand it's a lot for a dev team to take on and if it doesn't happen quickly and effectively, they get an earful. Ideally, would be nice to have a reflow extension so the burden is lifted from the Chrome dev team.

GS4/Android 4.3

Finally! Still missing option to get rid of the status bar on top and even the unnecessary (biggest design flop) soft buttons that should have been used for browsing and other apps...