Chrome for Android Beta released.

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ChazUK, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    This may interest some of you.

    http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/chrome-for-android-beta-channel.html

    Link: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chrome.beta

    Already has improved html5 support:

    Chrome 18 Stable:
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    Chrome 25 beta:
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  2. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Seeing as we're able to use both at the same time, why not! :D

    I use the AOSP browser anyway but I'll give this a shot. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. ChazUK thread starter macrumors 603

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    The Verge used to bring my nexus 7 to it's knees but this build seems much better now.

    Glad to share it. :D
     
  4. ammonkapow macrumors member

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    The tests call it 'Nightly'. Think this will be a daily release like Canary? That would be pretty cool.
     
  5. cynics macrumors G3

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    I'm using it right now. Much faster then Chrome that was shipped with my N10 especially in incognito mode. Oddly though, some webpages can start out to far zoomed, zoomed out more then what should be the max.

    Faster though. 425 on html5test.com vs 390 on stock chrome. All browsers on my 4S have always been about the same around 380-385....
     
  6. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately it won't work on my rooted GS3 running CM10. Just crashes immediately after it's opened.
     
  7. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Please, for the love of god, give us a fullscreen mode already!!
    :D
     
  8. ChazUK thread starter macrumors 603

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    How are people finding the first update? Chrome beta is far, far suitor to Chrome "stable" on my nexus 7.
    Glad to see it's getting better already. :)
     
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Wish they'd added more features.

    BTW, has anyone had the problem where bookmarks sync, but then the Desktop folder disappears and you only have the Mobile folder?
     
  10. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Its an improvement but the smoothness is still not as good as the stock android browser. If you look in the change submissions log though they are implementing a new composition rendering engine which should improve smoothness drastically. They are also moving composition into a seperate thread from page rendering which means no more stuttering when something new loads.
     
  11. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    I installed it, but as soon as I realized it didn't remember my saved logins for sites I deleted it :)
     
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  13. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    I actually prefer it to the old one. I find it more readable.
     
  14. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a

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    If only they could fix chrome for super high resolutions. It runs akin to garbage on the Nexus 10. How could Google let that slip by?
     
  15. jamojamo macrumors 6502

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    Same here!
     
  16. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Google should have put the stock aosp browser on the nexus 7, nexus 4, and nexus 10. It runs so much better. You can get it with root.
     
  17. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a

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    I never had any speed issues with any version of Chrome on any Nexus device or other Android Device except for the 10. It has got to be the resolution.
     
  18. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Use the aosp browser on any of those devices. Its butter smooth.
     
  19. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    So, no one has problems getting to their synced bookmarks?
     
  20. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    He keeps reposting this as if it's fact... and until a month or two ago he was right - Android Chrome had serious performance issues. I simply don't see this anymore but he insists on posting this everytime Chrome comes up.

    Currently, so is Chrome for me.
     
  21. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Its smoother than chrome even on the nexus 7 and galaxy nexus. Its a proven fact. It also benchmarks higher and doesn't force you to have the adress bar present at all times. It really is that much smoother. Have you actually used it?
     
  22. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    This is my main complaint regarding Chrome. It desperately needs a full screen option.

    I use both daily and I simply don't see this. I don't understand how we can have such drastically different experiences... unless i'm blind or something. :p
     

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