Friday, February 24, 2012

Chrome for Android Beta Update

Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.16.4215.215, picking up changes that have gone in through Chrome 16.0.912.77.  Beyond the Chrome changes, this update contains:
  • Android Beam support - now beam URLs from Chrome to other devices with NFC.
  • Support for additional countries
  • Compatibility checks to ensure system prerequisites for Chrome are met
  • Essential bug fixes
Known issues
  • 112923 : No way to toggle between mobile/desktop UA
  • 113140 : Youtube Links Do Not Prompt For Which Application to Use
  • 113132 : Chrome for Android beta doesn't support configured proxy in wi-fi settings
  • Other notable issues listed here
If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Srikanth Rajagopalan
Google Chrome



Blogger Alexander Kuzmin said...

Nice update! It available in Russia now! But some pages looks wrong, for example, left black menu crops in this review on my Prime dfter scroling the page:

2:00 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Brendan said...

This update breaks compatibility with a lot of custom 4.0 roms.

2:08 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Brian Graham said...

Like what Brendan said:

I'm not sure if this is a Chrome issue or a CM issue, but Chrome does not see my CM9 install as ICS, even though it's Android 4.0.3.

2:09 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger TheAlp said...

Has the bug that caused market links to be opened in the browser been fixed?

2:11 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Aaron said...

You forgot "Drop support for non-Nexus devices running ICS."

Kind of important, that one.

2:49 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Brian Haslip said...

It already didn't work on Gingerbread devices. I don't know why you guys would go out of your way to break compatibility with CM9 and other custom ROMs.

Really love Chrome on Android, but if running CM9 means I can't use it, then I'll just go back to Dolphin.

3:04 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Alexis Cirmi said...

Same here, broken on Defy CM9 :(

3:10 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger AD said...

"Compatibility checks to ensure system prerequisites for Chrome are met". Thank you, that is a very important feature, I missed it in the previous beta, now I miss Chrome because I won't install on CM9. How you will continue to be focused on the most important features like this one because we know that resources are limited (sarcasm)

3:13 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger TheAlp said...

Chrome runs fine on the custom rom I'm running (AOKP M3) and I heard someone with a leaked rom on a sensation had it working fine too.

3:39 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Matt said...

I'm back to the stock browser because Chrome no longer supports all Android 4.0+ devices

Major letdown

3:58 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Macs said...

I like it but it's not smooth at all on my Galaxy Nexus. Typing a search on omnibar is really sluggish for example. It needs more work guys

4:57 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Kyojin said...


For you guys who are complaining about Google dropping custom ROMs support, that's not true.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S running CM9/Android 4.0.3, and also faced the "error" message when running the new version of Chrome. But when I looked a little bit deeper into the problem, I discovered that it is a ROM issue, not really Google's or Chrome's fault.

The problem was that the ROM had "Gingerbread" as a build ID + fingerprint, that's why Chrome wouldn't let me use it. Now I changed it to IML47K and everything is running fine, i.e. Chrome running on a CM9 custom ROM.

So if you have this issue, don't blame Google, instead, wait for a "fix" from your ROM developers.

5:31 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger DR said...

lets see..who is running ics and not impacted by the cm9 compatibility issuesm 3 nexus users!! ha

7:40 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger jrr said...

Was gingerbread being let in before? Honeycomb? (Does the new behavior help more than it hurts?)

I'm now wishing market offered access to old versions.

8:51 PM, February 24, 2012  
Blogger Beano311 said...

The issue is with the new version not working on CM9 based roms is because CM9 uses a gingerbread fingerprint. It's not google's fault, it's CyanogenMod's...

12:12 AM, February 25, 2012  
Blogger Russ said...

It is Google's fault, there was no need to implement this.

3:03 AM, February 25, 2012  
Blogger c0z said...

Any chance for support on devices running versions of Android older than ICS?

4:24 AM, February 25, 2012  
Blogger JarosÅ‚aw Pietras said...

lol stil not for 2.3

4:54 AM, February 25, 2012  
Blogger Andy said...

Yes guys. If you're on a custom ROM just change your build.prop. I'm on the CM9 alpha for Captivate by Teamhacksung, and I changed the from GINGERBREAD to IML47K and Chrome works just fine.

If you're not comfortable messing with your build.prop, wait for your ROM dev.

7:08 AM, February 25, 2012  
Blogger Jason said...

Thank you Andy. That worked perfectly.

7:28 AM, February 25, 2012  
Blogger Andy said...

Glad it worked. Credit should actually go to Kyojin, who mentioned it first. I just wanted to clarify exactly where to edit it for people.

7:31 AM, February 25, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do you ignore the number of Android user in Turkey ? I mean we are the 72 million people and at least 2 million people use Android and we dont even use Google Chrome , that's really sad , you know , being ignored is really sad.

8:11 AM, February 25, 2012  
Blogger Jay said...

Love Chrome on Android! Works great on my nexus and on my gtab I just had to modify build.prop as suggested. Thanks!

7:14 PM, February 25, 2012  
Blogger Patrick Archibald said...

Latest update prevents it from running on CM9.

6:36 AM, February 26, 2012  
Blogger Andy said...

Patrick, read a few posts above. It's easy to fix.

7:11 AM, February 26, 2012  
Blogger apatkinson said...

One feature it is missing is saving a link. When you visit a page with a link to an mp3 file, and you would like to save it to the device you cannot. this feature is enabled in the stock ICS browser with long press on the link.

3:08 PM, February 26, 2012  
Blogger Paul said...

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11:43 PM, February 26, 2012  
Blogger jwmaag said...

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2:23 PM, February 27, 2012  
Blogger Dark said...

This update makes the application stop to work in Xperia Arc S with ICS build (Kernel and Android 4.0.3)

4:34 PM, February 27, 2012  
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Blogger pk_android said...

Where can I get source for this update of 0.16.4215.215 so that I can build on NDK

2:34 AM, March 01, 2012  
Blogger Carlos Silva said...

Still not Portugal in the list... oh well, looking for a download location :/

2:22 PM, March 01, 2012  

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