Google Updates Chrome and Maps for Android
Google today provided updates to the beta version of Chrome for Android 4.0 devices, as well as Google Maps for all Android devices. The Chrome update introduces several new features, including the ability to request the desktop version of a web site rather than the mobile version; the ability to add bookmarks as shortcuts on the home screen; the ability to select apps for opening links; and the ability to use Chrome with a system proxy. The beta browser also adds the ability to download files from the browser directly to the device; the ability to play older YouTube embedded content; and adds support for country-specific search engines. Google Maps version 6.5.1 includes a "critical bug fix." Both apps can be updated through the Google Play Store.
Chrome for Android Now Supports Push Notifications
Android users can now tap into push notifications from their favorite web sites. Google updated its Chrome browser this week with support for personalized notifications that come directly from the web.
Google Adds Android Pay to Chrome
Google recently updated its Chrome browser for Android devices with several performance improvements. Fire and foremost, Android users can rely on Android Pay to make purchases online when browsing.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.
Chrome for iOS Updated with Material Design
Google today delivered a new version of Chrome to iOS devices. The latest rendition of Google's browser for iPhones and iPads carries over Material Design from the Android version and builds in better support for iOS8 and the larger screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.