Google Releases New Chrome Beta for Android Devices
Google today announced a new Beta Channel for its Chrome browser. The tool lets Android smartphones and tablets access the latest beta builds of the Chrome browser before the final versions are made available to the general public. Google warns that bugs will likely show up in the beta builds of Chrome, and it hopes beta users will take the time to provide feedback about any problems they encounter. The Beta Channel will allow Android device owners to run both the beta version and current full version of Chrome at the same time on their phone or tablet. In addition to the new Beta Channel, Google released a new beta of Chrome itself, which it says makes improvements to the Octane Engine and general performance. The Beta Channel is available from the Google Play Store, and can be used to download the latest beta of Chrome.
Android Users Can Now Beta Test Google Maps
Google has rolled out a program that allows people to test beta versions of Google Maps. The betas will be published via the Google Play Store, similar to how Google distributes other a few other beta apps.
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.
Samsung Makes Its Internet Browser Available to Most Android Phones
Samsung has made a version of its mobile browser available to non-Samsung handsets. The company has been beta testing Samsung Internet Browser on Nexus and Pixel phones since April.
Google Makes Chrome Dev Channel Available to Android
Google has expanded the reach of the Chrome Dev channel to its Android mobile operating system. The Chrome Dev channel is not meant for general use by consumers; rather, it is intended for web developers seeking to test their sites against future versions of the Chrome browser.