Friday 12 April 2013

Chrome Beta for Android gets full screen browsing

Chrome Beta for Android has been updated with support for full screen browsing. The toolbar on the top disappears in this mode, letting the device display as much of the webpage as it can. Users can now also view their search terms in the omnibox instead of the lengthy search URL and the in-page Google search box. This way, there is more space to view more search results, and users can modify their search terms easily.

A new experimental data compression feature that lets users see their data savings has also been included. While the feature itself was introduced in the last Beta update, the ability to view data savings is a new addition. Users can go to "Bandwidth Management" in Settings and turn on "Reduce Data Usage". In addition, Google says it is enhancing the stability and rolling out security improvements and bug fixes to Chrome.

Chrome for iOS got full screen yesterday, besides the ability to print web pages via Apple’s AirPrint feature as well as Google’s own CloudPrint protocol. iOS users can use Google CloudPrint or AirPrint to print important documents or web pages using Chrome. They can also save any page as a PDF to Google Drive. This feature is a welcome one, since saving PDFs using mobile web browsers has always been an irksome task.

Google's last update for the stable channel of Chrome for Android brought auto-fill capabilities. Users can now access their saved passwords and auto-fill entries on their mobile devices upon signing-in to Chrome. Users need to be signed-in to Chrome on both their desktop as well as mobile devices and let sync do the rest.

While this update has already started to appear on most Android running devices, it could be possible you might not be able to see it yet since the complete roll out might take a while.

Google also lets you sync your custom dictionary in Chrome across devices. You will have to sync your settings in Chrome to access your custom dictionary on any device. Google has also refreshed the dictionaries for Chrome's default spell-checker and has added support for Korean, Tamil and Albanian. The new spell-checking engine is also available for Google Docs; it will even be able to recognise proper nouns.

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