Google Chrome Android Users Can Now Access Beta Channel

11 January 2013, 8:22 am EST By Prarthito Maity email: Mobile & Apps

Google is bringing some huge changes to its Play Store for users via different apps.

Per reports, Google is currently offering all its Chrome users on Android a brand new beta channel for access, and the new Chrome Beta channel is meant for its phone and tablet iteration.

The new channel has been announced by the Google Chrome Team, and similar to other platforms, the Chrome Beta for Android offers a preview of new features and enhancements currently in development by the team. Although the channel will now allow users to access new features, the beta version, as expected, will not be quite as polished as the previous stable releases.

“Today, we’re introducing Chrome Beta channel for phones and tablets on Android 4.0+. The Beta channel was launched in the early days of Chrome to test out new features and fix issues fast. Our newest Beta channel for phones and tablets now joins our Beta versions of Chrome for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS,” the official page states.

The team states that similar to other Beta versions, the new features could be a little rough around the edges, but the team will be pushing out periodic updates so that users can test out the team’s latest work as soon as it’s ready. Moreover, users can install the Beta alongside the current version of Chrome for Android.

However, this doesn’t come as a major surprise for both users and fans as Google has long promised that Chrome for Android will “follow the desktop Chrome release cycles starting early 2013” in the official Chrome for Android FAQ. Nonetheless, it does clarify the fact that Chrome for Android is now in fact a fully integrated part of the overall Chrome family.

“Chrome for Android now benefits from all the speed, security and other improvements that have been landing on Chrome’s other platforms. For example, in today’s Beta update we have improved the Octane performance benchmark on average by 25-30%,” the official page adds.

“In addition, this update includes interesting HTML5 features for developers such as CSS Filters. This is just one step of many towards bringing beautiful experiences to the mobile web.”

Interested users need to note that Chrome Beta will request additional permissions when using Chrome Sync for the first time.

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