How To Access Hidden Full Screen Web Browsing In Chrome Beta For Android

By Jimmie Geddes email: j.geddes@mobilenapps.com | Jan 30, 2013 12:44 PM EST

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When Google announced that it would begin offering a Chrome for Android Beta Channel, we knew that Google would be updating the app regularly and also add new features for users to test. One of the new feature, however, is not official and is well hidden by the Chrome Beta for Android. That feature would be full screen Web browsing and here's how to enable it.

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Phandroid has put together instructions and posted a how-to video guide to enable the hidden full screen Web browsing feature. The newly discovered feature works in the same way that Apple has added full screen browsing to the iPhone and iPod touch, which is only accessible in landscape mode. In Chrome Beta for Android the feature works in landscape as well as portrait mode and hides the notification bar to give you a little more viewing space.

You'll need an Android device that is running Android 4.0 and above and download and install Chrome Beta for Android . You'll have to then follow the steps below to bring this feature to life:
• Type “chrome://flags/” in the address bar
• Enable WebGL
• Go to the Boids and Buildings Chrome Experiment page
• Click on the “Launch Experiment” button
• Click on “Run”
• You are now on full-screen and can close this page

There are a few caveats to running Chrome Beta for Android in full screen as it's not an official feature yet. You will lose full screen mode if you close Chrome Beta. The feature will continue to work if you keep Chrome Beta running in the background though. If you need to enable the feature again you have to follow the last three steps above.

Google will almost certainly make this an official feature in an update, but for now, consider yourself lucky to get to get a few extra millimeters of uninterrupted browsing space.

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