Chrome for Android Update Brings New Downloads Tab

Google has announced the release of a new build of Chrome for Android.  Chrome 56 brings a lot of improvements and new features to the browser, most notably is a new download tab.  The new build is version 56.0.2924.87 for those keeping score at home and should be coming to your devices over the course of the next week.

The big new feature is a new downloads tab.  Now you can more easily find things that you have download within the browser with this new tab.  The aim is to allow you to find them and access them without having to exit the browser itself.  Along with this, you can now easily use email addresses, physical addresses and phone numbers within a web page by tapping them.  If, for example, you tap a phone number, it will open up your phone app so you can place that call.  Again, the idea is to make the user experience easier and faster.

Finally, on the article suggestions that are found in the new tab page, you can long press an article and have it download (to the new downloads tab) so you can view

Chrome on Android
Chrome on Android

them later.  Article suggestions are something that were released late last year in an update to Chrome.

With the release of Chrome 56 for Android and late last week for desktop, it is just a matter of when the Chrome OS version build is updated.  That build is expected to bring Android app support to the platform.

Look for the updated build of Chrome to come to your phone or tablet over the course of the next few days via an OTA update.