One of the best things to ever happen to Android, in my opinion, was the release of Chrome for every device. There was no more dealing with the laggy, buggy browsers developed by manufacturers. As with everything Google does, Chrome for Android has been getting a lot better very quickly. Late Thursday night, Google released an update to Chrome Beta for Android that bumps it up to version 28 and along with it comes a plethora of new features.
First off, Chrome for Android now has the ability to translate websites in a different language to your native language. This is one of my favorite features of the Chrome desktop browser and it's really nice to see it come to Android. When you visit a website in a foreign language, look for a bar at the bottom of the page offering to translate it for you.
Next up, version 28 of Chrome Beta adds fullscreen web browsing support for tablets, a feature that was added to phones last month. As you start scrolling down, the URL bar at the top will become hidden, and all you have to do to bring it back is scroll up. Google has also added support for fullscreen API, which gives easier control of entering and leaving fullscreen websites.
Also new in Chrome v28 are graphs to help you save more data every month. Chrome has had a bandwidth saving feature that compresses things to use more data, but with this update, there are nifty graphs that help you keep track of everything.
Finally, the Chrome user-interface on phones has a new tab button that makes opening new tabs even faster. The tablet interface stays the same, though, which is fine by me.
Read the full changelog below:
- Google Translate: When you come across a page written in a language that isn't in the same language as your phone or tablet, look for the translation bar
- Fullscreen on tablets: Simply scroll the page to dismiss the toolbar
- Support for fullscreen API
- New graph showing your estimated bandwidth savings when you use the experimental data compression feature
- Mobile friendly error pages
What do you think of this update? Useful? Let us know what your favorite feature is down in the comments!