Chrome 60 beta for Android brings new search widget, lots of API improvements

The newest stable version of Chrome for Android dropped in the Google Play last week, so it makes sense for Google to start working on the next iteration.

Chrome 60 is now available for download in the beta channel and brings lots of new features and improvements into the mix. The most important seems to be the addition of a new search widget that includes a shortcut allowing users to search Chrome using their voice.

Google has also improved the way the browser loads fonts on different websites. Usually, Chrome delays rendering text until the used font is available, which means that until the browser doesn't download it, you will have to wait for the webpage to load. Chrome 60 beta supports the CSS font-face descriptor, which allows users to specify how and when Chrome displays text content while downloading fonts.

The new beta version of Chrome includes new payment and password APIs, which makes the browser more secure and faster than ever. For example, sites can now collect payments via native Android payment apps using the new Payment Request API.

Many other improvements have been added under the hood, so make sure to check the full changelog below. Also, you can try out Chrome 60 beta for free via Google Play.

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12 Comments

1. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Why cant they fix ram eating issue ?

4. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Since when has Google ever fixed anything?

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Since you hate them so much, looks like they haven't fixed their employees coming into your room every night and going in dry.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

To #7, Its easy to fix the issues with Google that Mxy is having. Just stick an apple logo in Google products, he'll be happy. Thats all he needs.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Makes me wonder too. Chrome for PC eats more RAM than Battlefield 1.

2. chenski

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Is it better than Samsung browser? If not I might consider downloading that instead

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5654; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Depends on your phone If it has an Exynos, then use Samsung browser If it has a Snapdragon, then use YuBrower, TugaBrowser or another Snapdragon Optimized Chromium clones If you have a low-mid end phone, use Lightning browser

5. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I think samsung browser is best even on snapdragon....

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5654; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The YuBrowser had slightly better JavaScript benchmarks back when I compared them on my Pixel But I'm using Samsung cause I prefer the UI And cause the real world performance difference is basically indistinguishable

6. nikhil23

Posts: 421; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I haven't had any issues on snapdragon mobile

10. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

To #3, Samsung Browser is better than Chrome and Tugabrowser on my Z3C with SD801. But its old.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am happy with Chrome latest update. Make PA site much more bearable.

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