Google Chrome beta for Android receives first update, fixes some performance hiccups

Daniel Bader

January 15, 2013 12:57pm

Google Chrome beta for Android was released just five days ago, but it has already received its first update in what looks to be a coming trend. The desktop beta and developer channels receive weekly updates and Google is unlikely to slow down its improvement schedule for mobile, especially since both versions share a significant proportion of code.

These bug fixes are mainly about interaction with specific websites, but there are some overarching performance improvements on some devices. These are also a number of outstanding bugs to contend with, including poor performance on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. And while the beta version did decrease the propensity for crashing on the Nexus 10, it didn’t eliminate it altogether. Hopefully this will be addressed in the coming weeks.

If you’ve already downloaded the Chrome beta via the non-searchable Play Store link, you’ll see an update available for you today. If not, head to this link and get downloading. Chrome beta, like its sibling, is available for Android 4.0+ devices only.

Via: Chrome Releases

  • Joe

    There is a great website that called “ebay”, you can get there for a buck or two a phone stand, so your employees can enjoy a cup of coffee.

    • Nickdroid

      You can also LEGO together a pretty sweet doc. Even incorporating the charging cable.

    • Reggie Noble

      They’re trying to look “hip and cool” like The Verge.

  • JimSillyballs

    I’ve been using Chrome browser on my galaxy nexus for maybe 5 months now, is this chrome new or different in anyway? I’m confused.

    • Eduardo

      It’s much better (IMO) than the regular Chrome, I had just said (on the other article) how I didn’t like Chrome because it’s much slower than the stock ICS browser, it’s not the case anymore. At least not as noticeable.

  • Canucks4Life

    I’ll stick with Dolphin Beta for now

  • Paulman

    It’s slower in Sunspider 0.9.1 than the previous version of Chrome Beta for me (1561.5ms vs 1325.7ms) on the Nexus 4. But Sunspider isn’t the only indicator of performance (or Javascript performance, even).

  • monsterduc1000

    Getting better but Boat Browser is my fave right now. Chrome beta needs a quick bookmark button and to have a working text size increase, On my Asus tf300 anyway :-)