Chrome For Android Updated: HTML 5 Features, Background Audio Playback And More

By Prarthito Maity email: | Feb 28, 2013 06:36 AM EST

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Google Chrome users for Android-based devices are set for some good news.

Per reports, the Google Chrome browser for Android is currently getting a small yet significant update that’s offering a couple of new features, alongside an improved overall experience for the user.

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Apart from adding some responsiveness tweaks and a new version of the V8 JavaScript engine, the company has also introduced one important new feature that can be quite useful for users in the future: background audio support.

If the user is listening to audio from within Chrome and decides to switch to another app, the audio will continue to play in the background. This is quite a useful feature that’s already available on the iOS version of Safari for some time now. However, with this new addition, Chrome will now become an even more full-featured app.

“The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 25 to the Stable Channel for Android. Chrome 25.0.1364.123 is currently rolling out to Google Play over the next few hours. This update contains a huge number of changes over the previous release,” the official blog states.

“This update also picks up other important stability and performance fixes since the last release, along with some minor UI adjustments.”

Moreover, for users interested in other release channels of Chrome for Android, there’s a Beta channel that is now available and can be run side by side with Stable.

The Chrome browser on Android has already made quite a name for itself by letting users search and browse the internet faster. Users have the option to sync their custom-made Chrome experience from their computers to bring it with them anywhere they go.

Here’s the full list of updates and new features:

  • Improved scrolling performance
  • Increased responsiveness to pinch-zooming on pages
  • Faster interactive pages thanks to the latest version of the V8 javascript engine
  • Audio now continues to play while Chrome is in the background
  • Expanded support for HTML5 features
  • Support for pausing audio in Chrome when phone is in use (note: this requires an additional permission)

Head over here to download and install Chrome for Android.

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