Google Chrome beta for Android updated with synced passwords and experimental data compression mode

Daniel Bader

March 6, 2013 11:32 am

Google Chrome beta for Android has been updated to version 26.0.1410.26, and has brought some interesting new features with it.

Most notably, users can now sync passwords and autofill data between desktop clients running the same version of Chrome. If you use the browser to store passwords (which we don’t necessarily recommend), fields should start automatically filling in over the next few days.

Another cool feature is not enabled by default, but it introduces data compression into the mix. Google co-developed a new protocol called SPDY which is ” supported by Chrome, Firefox and Opera, and is also the basis for the forthcoming HTTP/2.0 standard being developed in the IETF.” It allows multiple requests to be made over a single TCP stream, decreasing response times and increasing throughput. The long and short is that, with SPDY enabled, users can expect between 23-50% increase in data loading speeds and lower bandwidth usage, since the SPDY Proxy intercepts HTTP data and compresses it appropriately.

To enable the feature, head into Chrome beta and type in “chrome://flags” and select Enable Data Compression Proxy.

If you want to live on the bleeding edge, download Chrome beta for Android.

Source: Google Developers

  • Kriilin Namek

    No thanks, I have no desire to have my traffic go through Google’s infrastructure.

    • aliwhatsit

      it does regardless, android uses google’s DNS

    • bob

      Pro tip if you can use android it already does, if you ever google search it already does…. Hell if you use the internet some it does… Welcome to the modern era

  • Chris

    Sorry too late, I just uninstalled chrome because it seemed too unstable. I found firefox faster and more responsive on my GSII

  • Olender

    The thing I will never understand is why I can’t Exit/Close Chrome directly and/or when I leave the app.

    Maybe I am missing something and someone can fill me in?

  • Tony

    Maybe I will be enticed to use Chrome again on my GS3. The AOSP browser is so much faster and supports Flash but it lacks synchronization.

  • Tom

    Sync’ing between mobile and desktop browsers is a killer feature!

    If you use Android you can get this with both Firefox and Chrome.

  • Netguru

    You don’t need the Beta to try SPDY. SPDY/3 is available on the current Version 25.0.1364.152 m release.

  • Mike

    Spies better.

  • judah

    Odd that they use a phone that cannot run chrome in their graphics.