Chrome for Android hits version 40: a few, yet handy improvements have been added to the mix

Chrome for Android hits version 40: a few, yet handy improvements have been added to the mix
It's Thursday today, which naturally means that Update Wednesday, the day of the week when Google usually pushes updates to most of its apps and services, is already a fact. Just yesterday, in particular, Google polished Chrome for Android with some nice new features, updating it to version 40.0.2214.89. With the previous build being Chrome 39.0.2171.93, one might conclude that this milestone update of the app probably brings some ground-breaking new features, but sadly, this is not the case here.

This doesn't mean that there are completely no notable improvements to the app. First things first, Chrome for Android is now donning a slightly revamped bookmark manager. If you tap on the address bar with the intention of copying the URL link, Chrome will now treat you to a more streamlined and straightforward copy menu. If the website has requested your location, you can manage the location-sharing settings from this menu, too.

What's more, you'd get treated to a bigger address bar and menu overflow button if you are on the Lollipop sweetness and you've allowed Chrome to display your opened tabs in the recent apps carousel menu. If you navigate to a website with a fixed header image, Google's browser will also zoom in a new way. Last, but not least, the app is now more offline-friendly, which means that more of its on-board features will work if no Wi-Fi or data connection is at hand.

You can either wait for the update or side-load the newest version of the app from the source link.

Download: Chrome Browser (Android



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I didn't got the update yet. I have Chrome 39.0.2171.93.

3. FluffyBled unregistered

Try connecting Google Play store with a VPN (hola preferred)! Once i saw this article ... i did that and i got the update!

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You can download it from APKMirror site if you want it now

2. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Google: fix your text re-flow.......

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012


6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Since WebView is used by several apps, when Google removed this feature, several apps became very hard to use on Lollipop. Even Google's own Inbox or Gmail now require to slide the message left and right to read an email zoomed in. Quite annoying and pathetic. Then again, Lollipop is Google's Vista, when it steamrolled customers in sheer hubris. Sadly, it seems that Google is starting to spread predatory wings much like other software giants before it, some which Google toppled for being an open and friendlier choice to customers.

7. stu10000

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 23, 2015

Does "storage" on the device settings menu do anything other than crash for you guys?

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

It works fine on my tablet, but crashes on my phone. :-P

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