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Google Chrome Beta for Android and user performance

Under: Android OS Apps, Apps
Date: January 12th, 2013

The new Google Chrome Beta for Android is now available to download and comes with many new features, some are saying it is a little jagged and slothful so we here at Phones Review looked into this a little further. The new Chrome beta can be installed right up against your current version of Google Chrome for Android but does entail a few extra permissions for the likes of Chrome Sync just for the first time.

As we all know by now the first Google Chrome left beta back in June 2012 and was a great addition for any mobile device, but many more features needed to be added to give the user a better experience and this is exactly what Google did with this new install. So now once again Chrome Beta has been released, to bring a better build than before and many new improvements over an established channel build that is already running.

There are a few bugs and so far a few issues have been found, if you are an owner of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S you will encounter sluggish performance, and in some cases frequent freezing on certain devices that houses detailed versions of Qualcomm GPU driver, there is a break formatting issue on some sites with text auto-sizing as well.

We will list a few more here, to learn more just click on the relevant links provided: Editing bookmark feature is broken (164632) – Text position handler jumps or disappears when moving (165244) – Clicking on links in yahoo.com not navigating on Nexus 7 (163439) – Unable to submit comments on Facebook posts in desktop version of Facebook (166233) – Text handler jumps or disappears when moving (165244) – YouTube video controls are lost after returning from full screen video mode (167351) and iframe scrolling broken (162486).

We have been emailed from our social network friends letting us know about a few issues and benefits, few of the pros and cons that we received included the stock browser on the GNex being evidently smoother and faster, but then a few emails mentioned that Chrome for Android is still slow and a little more cumbersome to use than the stock browser. Seven Nexus 4 users emailed Phones Review saying that the new Chrome Beta works brilliantly, they go on to say that the performance is second to none and one reader said that Chrome on their Nexus 4 (AOKP) has not had any issues at all but did point out that there are too many permissions.

If you have not yet installed the new Google Chrome Beta for Android then please do head over to Google Play and install right now. We would love to know what you think of this new update, be the first to comment below.

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