Category: Google Chrome on Android (page 2 of 8)

Google Chrome for Android News and Tips. This category serves up news and tips about Google Chrome on Android. If you have an Android phone or a tablet, this is a category to watch out for!

Chrome for Android and iOS Translates Text To Emoji

As part of their April Fools Day celebration, Google Chrome for Android has a new handy feature. You can now translate webpages to emoji while using Chrome for Android.

The feature is optional, but once enabled, Chrome will replace certain words with emoji. Take, for example, the phrase “Google Play Gift Cards.” Instead of just showing the text, Chrome will display the word “Google,” a picture of a game controller for “Play,” a present for “Gift,” and a credit card for “Card.” Once the initial shock and confusion wears off, it’s kind of cute, writes Android Police.

Update: According to the official blogpost, this feature is available on Android for iOS too!

Here, take a look!

android  Chrome for Android and iOS Translates Text To Emoji

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Chrome for Android Tip – “Find in Page” Easily

It is easy to find in a page when you are on a laptop/desktop or Chromebook. But when you are on mobile, this is not easy. You will need to go to Settings menu and find “Find in Page”

But there is a shortcut. Here is how you do it.

  1. Start typing in the omnibox just like you enter a new web address or search term.
  2. Touch the first option, which comes with a magnifying glass icon

Here, take a look:

android  Chrome for Android Tip   Find in Page Easily

android  Chrome for Android Tip   Find in Page Easily

via androidpolice.com

Google is Preparing Chrome Remote Desktop Android app for Release

I have been following the development for Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android for sometime now. With the help of a friend, I even managed to build the APK from source and try it out. (Read the hands on here).

The scene was silent for a while. But this week, I hear more chatter about the app on Chromium commits. The best of all that chatter happened today.

The team just published the content that they are going to use on the Google Play Store for the Android app. That’s the kind of task you do when you are preparing the app for release, right?

android  Google is Preparing Chrome Remote Desktop Android app for Release

So, here is the text: (emphasis added)

<message name=”IDS_PLAY_STORE_TITLE” desc=”Play Store title of the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android. [CHAR-LIMIT=30] [NAME=play_store_title]“>
+ Chrome Remote Desktop
+ </message>
+ <message name=”IDS_PLAY_STORE_TAGLINE” desc=”Play Store tagline for the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android. [CHAR-LIMIT=80] [NAME=play_store_tagline]“>
+ Securely access your computers from your Android phone or tablet.
+ </message>
+ <message name=”IDS_PLAY_STORE_DESCRIPTION” desc=”Play Store description of the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android. [CHAR-LIMIT=4000] [NAME=play_store_description]“>
+Securely access your computers from your Android phone or tablet.
+
+• From each of your computers, set up remote access using our app on the Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/remotedesktop
+• From your Android device, open the app to see which of your computers are available to connect.
+• Connect to any of your online computers.
+
+For information about privacy, please see the Google Privacy Policy and the Chrome Privacy Policy.
+ </message>
+ <message name=”IDS_PLAY_STORE_CHANGES” desc=”List of what’s changed in this release of Chrome Remote Desktop for Android. [CHAR-LIMIT=500] [NAME=play_store_changes]“>
+First release of Chrome Remote Desktop for Android.
+ </message>

Now, we just have to wait for the official blog post!

Google Chrome for Android Might Get a “Canary” Channel

Welcome to the Sunday edition of the Rumor Show. The latest headline is from Chrome for Android. A code commit mentions a new Canary channel for Chrome, for Android. Since Chrome on Android Beta is a separate app itself, we might see this in a similar fashion. If Google is planning to make it available for muggles like us.

What is Canary Channel BTW?

A little intro for those who do not know what Canary is:

Chrome Canary is where the team tests new features before releasing it to the general public. Adventurous folks can install this on their computer without hurting their stable Chrome installation. Since this installs and works like a separate browser, your browsing experience on Chrome is not affected in any way.

It is available for Windows and Mac. Hmm, and there is a Chrome OS version available, but it is not that easy to manage.

Chrome Canary for Android

My friend @tulchin noted this and alerted me about this commit. (Sorry for reporting this late my friend, I was travelling like crazy for the past 48 hours!)

Update devtools to recognize Canary.

and to confirm that we are talking about Android, here is a bit of code:

@@ -103,6 +103,11 @@
“Chrome Dev”
},
{
+ “com.chrome.canary”,
+ kChromeDefaultSocket,
+ “Chrome Canary”
+ },
+ {
“com.google.android.apps.chrome”,
kChromeDefaultSocket,
“Chromium”

android  Google Chrome for Android Might Get a Canary Channel

Now, the question is, will we get to use it, or is it just an internal thing. I already use Chrome for Android Beta on my Android phone (less frequently, I must add) but I am ready to jump ships to the Canary channel if they have any plans to introduce it.

I am sure there are many of you guys who would love to try this out. Right?

Chrome for Android Beta Gets Animated WebP Images and Vibration API

Beta build of Chrome for Android got an important update this week. There a bunch of improvements worth discussing.

Animated WebP

WebP is a new image format that Google is working on, to reduce file size of images and in turn make websites load faster. Chrome for Android now supports this GIF alternative.

The animated WebP image format offers some important improvements as an alternative to animated GIF, including true alpha channel (8-bit) as compared to a binary (1-bit) alpha in GIFs. Also, each frame can be lossy or lossless as needed. Compare the animated WebP version (372 KB) of the picture below to the animated GIF version (870 KB). The WebP version is 57% smaller. 

android  Chrome for Android Beta Gets Animated WebP Images and Vibration API

Vibration API

Vibration API makes it possible for web apps to use vibration of Android devices.

New in Chrome for Android, the Vibration API allows web developers to programmatically provide tactile feedback in the form of vibration. Use cases include improved accessibility and more engaging browser-based games

If you are a developer, I am sure this is defnitely an interesring API for you.

There are couple of other improvements like Chrome Apps and Extensions APIs. Read the blog post here.

Chrome for Android to Get a “Lite” Mode?

Issue 62833002 on Chromium code talks about a “low-end” mode for Chrome on Android. There is already a low-end mode but that is not something users can enable. Chrome detects specific low-end hardware combinations and activates this mode. But this bug report talk about making this feature available as an option for everyone.

Here is the full description:

The current low-end device optimizations are restricted to devices that meet certain memory and OS version criteria. Add a flag that overrides this detection, simplifying testing and allowing power users to take advantage of the optimizations.

KitKat has kicked off a drive to make Android and Google apps perform better on low-end hardware. This is Chrome team’s contribution. We already saw a tab switching experiment, and this may be a few more steps towards the same direction.

android  Chrome for Android to Get a Lite Mode?

This feature is still being discussed/developed. We will have to wait for few more weeks to see if it makes to the beta version of Chrome for Android.

On a side note, I try not to use Chrome on Android. I am not happy with the performance. Are you?

Chrome for Android is Getting a Simpler (Lighter) Tab Switcher

Android 4.4 Kit Kat has brought in some changes in Chrome world too. The newest version of Android has a focus on lower end hardware and reduces memory usage to help them perform better.

Chrome team also is helping Kit Kat save memory. They are working on a lighter tab switcher for Chrome on Android, according to .

This is currently available in beta version for Chrome for Android. If you want to check it out, enable the chrome://flags/#accessibility-tab-switcherflag on your android phone and you’ll be able to use this new tab switcher.  As you can see below, its focus is on simplicity. It’s fast and efficient says .

android  Chrome for Android is Getting a Simpler (Lighter) Tab Switcher

PS: Can’t try this out now, my Android phone is dead android  Chrome for Android is Getting a Simpler (Lighter) Tab Switcher

First Look – Official Chromoting (Chrome Remote Desktop) App for Android

It was raining when I picked up Sandeep’s call. “Ha ha ha” he said with the joy of accomplishment. “Finally, I got it working”.

It has been a while since Sandeep started working on compiling the Chromoting for Android app from source. He is my go to  Linux guy and blogs here at Technix.

So, what did we finally get working?

Chromoting for Android

Meet the Chromoting for app for Android. Here is the official CL which explains what the Chromoting app for Android is for:

Add the beginnings of a Chromoting Android app

Currently, this has only the following capabilities:
+ Authenticate using a Google account on the phone
+ Query and display the host list from the Chromoting directory server
+ Connect to and communicate with the host service over XMPP/ICE
+ Establish peer-to-peer channels for communicating with the host service
Notable missing features are:
- Display the host’s desktop
- Handle any kind of input

It was sometime back in September. How far has the Android app come since then? Let us install the app and find out!

Installing Chromoting for Android App

Well, the regular installation steps, except for now, I had to check the “Unknown Sources” option that we all know of. Once that is done, installation went smooth.

android  First Look   Official Chromoting (Chrome Remote Desktop) App for Android

android  First Look   Official Chromoting (Chrome Remote Desktop) App for Android

android  First Look   Official Chromoting (Chrome Remote Desktop) App for Android

Connecting to a Remote Desktop from Android

There aren’t many options available for the app yet. There are two icons. One for refreshing the list of available remote hosts. The second is a dropdown list icon which is not working on the app that we compiled.

android  First Look   Official Chromoting (Chrome Remote Desktop) App for Android

Below the toolbar and icons is the list of available remote hosts. You pick one from the list and the app asks for the pin number for the host. Once you enter the PIN number, you are in.

android  First Look   Official Chromoting (Chrome Remote Desktop) App for Android

Here is me connecting to my Windows 8.1 PC from my Galaxy Note.

android  First Look   Official Chromoting (Chrome Remote Desktop) App for Android

android  First Look   Official Chromoting (Chrome Remote Desktop) App for Android

The App is still a work-in-progress. Things are not very smooth, and there are no settings or other features available yet. There was noticeable lag zooming in and out in the app. However, actions were happening near-instantly between the PC and my Android phone.

But stay tuned for more updates. (Yeah!! We have the build environment ready, so compiling the app to see new features won’t be hard!)

PS: I am not allowed to share the APK.

New Tab Page on Chrome for Android Gets A New Design, Complete with Google Search

Google is testing a new design for Chrome for Android’s new tab page, behind a flag. If you open up chrome://flags and enable the flag Enable the new NTP and restart Chrome, here is what you will see.

android  New Tab Page on Chrome for Android Gets A New Design, Complete with Google Search

The first thing up there is the Google logo. I am not 100% sure but I think Google will bring Doodles to Chrome for Android as well. That should be why we have such a big Google Logo up there. What do you think?

Next up is the Google search field, complete with the microphone icon to launch voice search. When you touch the search field, the focus moves to the omnibar, and that is where you will type in your query, as usual.

Below the search field, you have the most visited websites tabs. You can swipe this list horizontally to see the complete list.

Next up is two links. Bookmarks and Other devices. And you know what they do android  New Tab Page on Chrome for Android Gets A New Design, Complete with Google Search

Think this is something you should try out?  Give it a try and let me know!

Chrome for Android Gets New Gestures and Search By Image

I ignored Chrome for Android for a while, didn’t I? I use Chrome for Android Beta on my Android phone, but I am not impressed by the start up speed of it. There is a lot to be done to get the mobile experience on par with the desktop experience of Chrome. Meanwhile, Google is adding new features and tweaking existing stuff. Here is a couple of them.

New Gestures

Chrome for Android beta recently got couple of new gestures. Here is the list:

  • Swipe horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs (this gesture replaces swiping from the edge of the screen).
  • Drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view
  • Drag down from the menu to open the menu and select the item you want without having to lift your finger.

Need more help? Take a look at this image:

android  Chrome for Android Gets New Gestures and Search By Image

Search By Image

This is a new Google feature added to Chrome on desktop. The recent beta update is bringing this feature to Chrome for Android too. “With today’s Beta release of Chrome you can quickly discover all sorts of content related to an image by right-clicking on it, or by long pressing it on mobile devices, and selecting the option to search for it within your default search provider.” (Chrome Blog)

But still, I am waiting for better start-up speed!