Google launches Chrome beta channel for Android 4.x devices

Google launches Chrome beta channel for Android 4.x devices
Google loves beta, there's really no arguing that. Google products have stayed in beta for years, and Google loves to offer beta versions of its products for interested early adopters, especially Chrome users. And, starting today, Google has released Chrome beta into the Play Store for Android 4.x devices.

As you would expect, if you download Chrome beta, you'll be getting access to newer features faster. For this first release, Chrome beta is offering improved Octane benchmark performance of 25-30%, and some new HTML5 features like CSS Filters. You can install Chrome beta alongside the regular Chrome installation if you want as well. 

The one trick to Chrome beta is that it won't come up in search results in the Play Store, and it isn't listed under Google's developer page, you can only get to it if you have the link. And, as usual with Chrome, you can only use it if you're running Android 4.0+. 

If you want to give it a shot, Chrome beta is available for free in the Google Play Store.

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31 Comments

1. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

going to give it a whirl, hopefully it wont lock up like chrome did in its first round of betas

2. at0mNom

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

Awesome. Just installed it on my Nexus 10 :)

3. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

8.5. getting there.

9. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Does it have any scrolling feedback when you reach the top/bottom of a page? That's my biggest complaint. Firefox has scrolling and pinch-to-zoom nailed down the greatest, but it fails in properly rendering most sites.

14. SleepingOz unregistered

I hate Firefox, the only reason why I'm still using it is because of flash.. Dolphin no longer support flash since 4.1.. =(

18. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That's why I didn't upgrade to JB, 4.0.4 is better.

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Flash is like the only trade-off...

24. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Scrolling is decent on my Asus Infinity but it is horrible on my Galaxy Nexus which they know about. Chrome needs to get its scrolling down. Firefox does suck with rendering at times.

4. iNEVERTROLL

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

FINALLY! it is really faster!

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Chrome is the best browser. I love it on my note 2

7. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So you've got a Note 2, what about you're One X and iPhone5?

10. SleepingOz unregistered

He said he had to return his GNOTE II after xmas 'coz it sucks compared to his iphone5 in his opinion. Now the GNOTE II is back.. LMAO!

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lets b clear about this I said I return my galaxy note 2 I never said it sucked compared to the iPhone the G note 2 camera is not as good as the iPhone camera that is what I said I found a really good deal on Craigslist for a galaxy note 2 so it is now back in my arsenal I love the Galaxy Note 2 but I am NOT a big fan of the galaxy note 2 camera that is what I said and that is how I still feel

31. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

yea hes full of it...LOL

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One x sold n early december. Iphone 5 is on break

6. soldiernation

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

Will try it. I hate Google Chrome how it is right now.

11. papss unregistered

Agreed.. I hate it on my pc/table and hated it on my last phone.. Matter of fact i cant think of a single google service that i HAVE to have and ive tried most ( including their poorly done google tv)Mozilla is the real deal IMO

8. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Ok, what's going on, everyone complains about the performance on the current release except for me. Now I installed the Beta version and everyone is praising the performance except for me.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It won't let me install it, it keeps giving me an insufficient storage pop up. It's only 21 MB, I know I have enough storage for that considering I have about 12 GB of space left. Help :(

16. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Which phone are you using berzerk?

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

My GS2

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

On you're SD or internal?

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Internal

13. SleepingOz unregistered

Chrome beta is a bit faster but not much..

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Puffin browser is the fastest, have you tried it, it loads PA in 7seconds.

20. charulo316

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Does Puffin do flash?

22. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It has Flash but its a bit choppy. But very good for speed.

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'm using it now on my MAXX HD and it does feel about 15-20% faster but it's locked up on me once.

23. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

I have it installed but every time I launch it, it closes on me.

28. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Im confused. Is this different from the chrome i have been using the past year or so? Was that a pre beta version?

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