Google has just announced the availability of the new Chrome Beta channel for devices powered by Android 4.0 and up.
The new Beta channel joins Google beta versions of Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux OS. This channel is meant to test new features and improvements for Chrome for Android, which will then be included in a stable version of the application.
Based on Chrome 25, the latest beta of the Android browser offers a preview of the new features and enhancements that developers are currently working on.
Before downloading and installing Chrome Beta 25
, keep in mind that this is a beta version of the browser, which means there’s a high chance users will encounter various bugs and issues.
Some of the known issues already found and still yet to be addressed are detailed below:
- Performance is sluggish, noticeably on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S;
- Frequent freeze on devices with specific versions of Qualcomm GPU driver;
- Text autosizing may break formatting on some sites;
- Editing bookmark feature is broken;
- Text position handler jumps or disappears when moving;
- Clicking on links in yahoo.com not navigating on Nexus 7;
- Unable to submit comments on Facebook posts in desktop version of Facebook;
- Text handler jumps or disappears when moving;
- Youtube video controls are lost after returning from fullscreen video mode;
- iframe scrolling broken.
However, Google promises it will push regular updates for Chrome beta, so some of the issues listed above might be corrected in future version.
Chrome Beta 25 is now available as a free download via Google Play Store and it should be fully compatible with all devices running Android 4.0 and up. Check it out here