Google Updates Chrome For Android With Fullscreen Mode For Phones, Simplified Searching From Omnibox

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Google, GT

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Chrome 27 for the desktop arrived yesterday and today, Google updated Chrome for Android to version 27 as well. While the desktop update mostly focused on improved
speed, the Android version actually includes a number of
new features. The most important of these is probably the
new fullscreen mode for phones. Just like in the iPhone app
(or in the old stock Android browser), the toolbar will now
disappear as you scroll down. Update: I have now installed the update on my Galaxy Nexus and I’m not seeing any of the announced changes.
I’ve reached out to Google and will update this post once I
figure out what’s going on here. Also new in this version is a somewhat simplified search
experience: searching from the omnibox, Google says, will
“keep your search query visible in the omnibox, making it
easier to edit, and show more on your search result page.” The company has been experimenting with a similar feature in the desktop version of Chrome. It essentially
turns the omnibox into the Google.com search form instead of switching to the URL for your search and then
replicating the search interface it on the search results page. On the desktop, this always throws me for a
loop, but given the space constraints on a smaller screen, this will probably allow for a few more lines of
search results to show without the need to scroll down. Other new features in this update include support for client-side certificates (something that’s often needed to
connect to enterprise intranets) and tab history support for tablets (so you can use a long press on the back
button to bring up your tab history.

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