Last week, Google’s Chrome 54 update entered the stable channel development stage, introducing 21 security fixes along with a handful of new features. Now, Chrome 54 for Android has entered the stable channel too, including performance and stability fixes, as well as several new features such as the ability to play media in the background.
With Chrome 54 for Android, users will have the option to play media in the background on supported websites, and as a result, the media notifications will no longer disappear as soon as the user closes Chrome, switches tabs, or turns off the display. Users will then have the option to press “play” on the notification and resume audio playback. Oddly enough, however, as yet YouTube doesn’t count among the websites supporting this new feature, despite the fact that the option was available during the beta. In any case, another addition to Chrome 54 for Android is a new section including article suggestions on the “New Tab” page, similar to how the “Stories to read” feature works in the Google application. This section lists 10 article suggestions featuring headlines, images, summaries etc. in a series of cards, and these suggestions should theoretically improve over time as Chrome becomes more familiarized with the type of content the user is interested in.
Yet another highly-anticipated inclusion to Chrome 54 for Android is the browser’s ability to save passwords after the user decides to change or reset them. Along with several performance and stability fixes, Chrome 54 for Android is a welcomed update but it has yet to reach its full potential. Some features continue to be developed and should be released in the next few weeks, including the “Download” option which will allow Chrome users on Android to save web pages and videos for reading or viewing them offline. This feature should improve the browsing experience particularly for users who may not have unlimited data on their plan or in their region. Chrome 54 for Android is now being rolled out but as is usually the case with fresh updates to Google’s applications, some regions will have access to the new features sooner than others. Keep a close eye on the Google Play Store and feel free to click the banner below for quick access to the application.