Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dev Channel Update

The Dev Channel has been updated to 31.0.1622.0 for Mac and Linux, and 31.0.1622.7 for Windows and Chrome Frame .

This release fixes a number of crashes and other bugs. A full list of changes is available in the SVN log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome



Blogger John said...

Chrome crashing after exit fullscreen video on

8:09 PM, September 05, 2013  
Blogger Hadi said...

This bug has been reported already. It occurs on any flash video if you exit fullscreen with the escape key. As a workaround you can quit fullscreen with the on-screen button or use NPAPI instead of PPAPI flash.

8:15 PM, September 05, 2013  
Blogger Joel dow said...

missing the apps shortcut from bookmarks bar (already turned on the instant extended api).

8:31 PM, September 05, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:42 PM, September 05, 2013  
Blogger skywolf said...

window 8 Metro Aura problem .... and input tools luanguages problem

10:15 PM, September 05, 2013  
Blogger Mark Erasmus said...

Dev tools stopped logging any of my output (e.g. console.log("Blah.."), or displaying any errors to the console. If an error occurs I can see the red error icon in the bottom right of the window, but if I click on the icon it doesn't show the error details in the console window or highlight the error in the source.

4:29 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Fox E: said...

There needs to be some way to disable Aura entirely, it's completely unusable on winxph. The normal old gui had zero issues, and honestly was slightly (but noticeably) faster. No amount of flag-switching or extension-disabling I've found has managed to fix any of this, unfortunately:

Dropdown / combo-box menus either don't open at all when clicked, will flicker open for only a split second, or will never close. Seemingly randomly, selection changes won't be saved at all.

Extension dialogues (eg. click an extension button in the omnibox, and a settings dialogue appears) either don't open at all, will partially load (you get a frame but no content), or loads slowly but remains unclosable (with extension changes unsavable). Uncommonly, you'll be able to click the button again to close it.

Toolbar menus (eg. settings -> submenus) can take several seconds to load, depending on how many items there are. Mostly the bookmarks folders, but a couple system menus have occasional lag.

Text highlighting is opaque, which means you can't actually see what you're highlighting if you select across more than one block element, because everything turns solid blue. Images are always solid blue when highlighted.

The cursor doesn't change properly when right-clicking, eg. right click some text, and the cursor will stay as an I while you hover over the menu.

No up/down arrows on scrollbar, which itself is forced into a non-OS style.

Less a bug, more a nuisance: The new autocomplete panel slides and fades into place. Need a way to disable that for the more impatient among us who want our information to appear instantly.

7:33 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger iron2000 said...

Maximizing Youtube embeds is broken.
It stretches the embed to fullscreen instead resulting in huge controlbar, seek bar and pixelated video.

8:07 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Jason Hanson said...

Is it me or does it take over five seconds to open the browser from desktop mode? Very annoying.

10:23 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Larry Mac said...

"Report an issue" is missing from the Tools menu.

10:41 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Evan said...

@Fox E:

Regarding the cursor staying as an I-beam when opening a RMB menu after hovering over text, this has been resolved. See

Changing the scrollbars is a stylistic change that any software is free to implement in Windows. You mentioned this, but didn't comment on it. I assume you don't like the change, yet you didn't provide an opinion nor actionable feedback on it.

OK. Moving on. The following isn't meant to be a jerk comment, but it bears mention as you've nicely detailed a list of grievances in a pleasant manner.

You're using WinXP? A thoroughly outdated OS for which mainstream support ended over 4 years ago? It's unreasonable to expect any company to focus on WinXP -specific issues, especially when Google has already been deprecating WinXP support from many products.

Aura is a big, big change. And it's new to Chrome. You're using the dev channel. This is life on the edge. Let Google mature and harden the code. The objectives of the dev channel are clearly spelled out, the goal of Aura is also clear and salient, and change is inevitable.

None of your issues, save the ones mentioned above, have shown up for me in Win7 or Win8. If they are WinXP issues, and that I can't verify, all I can say is that you're way past due for an OS upgrade.

For what seems like a list of complaints, your post is quite detailed and without bias. That's great. I would urge you to try Aura on a Win7/8 PC, or upgrade from WinXP, to give Aura a fair playing field.

FYI: I'm just a regular guy, not anyone on the Chrome team.

10:44 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Thanh said...

Does this break Chrome Themes for anyone else?

11:13 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Avinash Agrawal said...

Aura seems to make the browser slow, and less responsive.

11:33 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Per128 said...

yep, broke my theme too. It's back to default now.

11:49 AM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Nuno Peralta said...


>> "Changing the scrollbars is a stylistic change that any software is free to implement in Windows. You mentioned this, but didn't comment on it. I assume you don't like the change, yet you didn't provide an opinion nor actionable feedback on it."

Do you want a comment or an option to fix this??? Just being the arrows back, that's the fix! It's so annoying that I can't use the arrows anymore to scroll a few pixels. That is very useful for web developers/designers. At least it could be an option to bring the arrows back. I really hate this change on Google Chrome.

Why are they breaking what was working very well? Do the arrows harm anything on the browser?

12:52 PM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Johan Gustavsson said...

Thank You Google, for making the remote desktop ex´tension work again!

3:45 PM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger iron2000 said...

One small nitpick.
The unstyled textfield for Aura is ugly.

6:57 PM, September 06, 2013  
Blogger Robin Goodfellow said...

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1:11 AM, September 07, 2013  
Blogger Nash said...

It's releases like this that make me wish that there was at least an option to roll back. Currently, there is a way to run old chrome but no GUI option to roll back to a previous release.

6:15 AM, September 07, 2013  
Blogger Thomas said...

wow, the selectbox dropdown animation sure is annoying! and as other already noted, lots of crashes - heck, it crashed while on my first attempt to comment here!

6:18 AM, September 07, 2013  
Blogger Thomas said...

html5-videos now are (badly) scaled to use the complete screenspace in inpage-player and fullscreen mode instead of doing letterboxing with the original aspect ratio.

6:27 AM, September 07, 2013  
Blogger JuL said...

Crashes constantly in Windows 8 mode.

7:40 AM, September 07, 2013  
Blogger Spouby said...

I'm done with this fullscreen bug! I've restarted Google Chrome eleven times this evening just for watching online TV series! Could you please fix it ASAP!!!

11:20 AM, September 07, 2013  
Blogger Ethan J. Brown said...

Lot's of crashing here.. repeatedly. Sometimes Chrome isn't even the foreground. Worst build I've used in a very long time.

2:45 PM, September 07, 2013  
Blogger Jo said...


You don't have to use WinXP to see these issues. I'm using Win7 with classic theme and I see every issues @Fox E mentioned and much much more.

And I don't have to use Aura.

This build is just a disaster. Everything is broken. Yes every single thing is broken. Worst software build I've ever seen in my entire life. And I don't think I would see worse than that.

3:56 PM, September 07, 2013  
Blogger Apicio said...

What's the point of use a Dev Version without the "Report a problem" menu? LOL.

Google, you're big, but you make big fault xD

3:45 AM, September 08, 2013  
Blogger chrone said...

aw snap like a lot on windows 8.1 preview, even on gmail page.

+1 for the missing send error report menu.

flickers on drop down menu, it makes it hard for us to select the menu.

the perks of using chrome dev channel. haha :D

1:48 AM, September 09, 2013  
Blogger Unknown said...

it's the worst dev channel version ever appeared
there is no website which works on aura on my machine

aura shows just first few rendered frames and then it stop responding

it blinks the icon and title
shows bussy wheel
but nothing more is rendered

user can click and links (even if invisible works fine
but each new site works the same way

aura it a total disaster :(((

i had to install regular version to have ability to do anything on the internet

4:34 AM, September 09, 2013  
Blogger Spouby said...

你们还真是沉得住气啊,此版本如此之渣,而且已经被喷得如此之惨,你们居然还是无动于衷,迟迟不肯更新!shame on you, Google!

5:52 AM, September 09, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have deleted an reinstalled Chrome on my macbook and it is still crashing/freezing constantly every time I reload my business gmail, open a new tab... do just about anything.

6:39 AM, September 09, 2013  
Blogger HurpDurp said...

Alt text seems to be disabled. I can't see it anymore as of this update no matter how long I hover over an image or a link I know has it.

Also, moving a tab to a new window just looks bad on Windows 8.

8:10 AM, September 09, 2013  
Blogger BenjaminRRR said...

I get a crazy amount of window flickering on menus, all context and toolbar menus seem to be affected. The window flickers in and out of view - very annoying. This release seems particularly unstable even for dev channel.

12:20 AM, September 10, 2013  
Blogger Crabby 'Ol Man said...

This is by far the most unstable release I've used in years (I know, I know, dev channel, blah blah).

It crashes so often that I can't even really zero in on what causes the crashes. However, I can say that it pretty much always crashes on startup, but then hitting the restart option after the Chrome just crashed dialog box pops up lets Chrome start up fine.

Hopefully Aura ends up being worth all these growing pains.

3:21 PM, September 10, 2013  

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