Google Launches Chrome Beta Channel For Android 4.0+ Devices


Google has launched a new Chrome beta channel for Android smartphones and tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later. The new app gives developers and curious users the ability to preview upcoming features prior to their public debut. It works alongside the regular Chrome browser, so you can install it without losing the stable version.

The main purpose of this app is to test out new versions of Chrome and uncover any bugs or problems. With that being the case, you shouldn’t expect it to be stable, and you certainly shouldn’t use it as a replacement for the regular Chrome app. As Google notes in the app’s description, new features will be “a little rough around the edges.”

Like the Chrome beta releases for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, this one allows users to report bugs and provide feedback through the app itself. Simply load up the Settings page and hit the “Report an Issue” button. This version (25.0.1364.8) is said to improve benchmarks by 25% to 30%.

SlashGear reports that there are some known issues at this point, including broken bookmark editing, an inability to use Yahoo! links on the Nexus 7, and the disappearance of YouTube controls after watching a video in fullscreen mode.

You won’t find the Chrome beta in Google Play by searching for it, but you can download it by hitting the source link below.