Third Chrome 65 Based Beta of Chrome for Android Released

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For those who have the Chrome for Android beta app on their phones, a new update is rolling your way.  The third Chrome 65 based build has been released, bringing the version up to 65.0.3325.85.  It is the third consecutive week that the beta version of the browser has been updated for Android.

Unlike other beta programs in the Play Store, there is no sign up to get the Chrome beta for Android.  You can download it here and install it on your compatible devices.  Like all beta software however, its not recommended to run it as your daily browser or deploy it into production as there are likely still bugs to be found and there could be performance issues.

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Second Chrome 65 Beta Build Lands in the Chrome OS Beta Channel

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For the second consecutive week, a new update of Chrome OS is now available to testers in the platform’s beta channel.  Build 65.0.3325.89 (Platform version: 10323.39.0) is rolling out now to those who have their devices in the channel and it marks the second Chrome 65 based build update in the channel.

For those new to Chrome OS, the beta channel is the last channel a new build comes to prior to being released in the Stable channel.  Generally there are anywhere from 2-4 updates to the Beta channel before it makes it out to the general public.

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Second Chrome 65 Based Beta Build of Chrome for Android Released

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A second Chrome 65 based build of Chrome for Android has been released to beta testers in the Play Store.  The new build is 65.0.3325.74 for those keeping score at home.  This new build comes just over a week after the first Chrome 65 beta was released for Android.

Generally Chrome 65 across all platforms is an evolutionary update with focused efforts on code clean up, stopping rogue code execution and general performance improvements.   As for Chrome for Android, this update does contain some improvements around syncing of content.  For those who want to deep dive into the code changes, here is a partial log of what’s changed.

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Chrome OS Beta Channel Moves Up to Chrome 65

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The Beta Channel for Chrome OS has a new update rolling out this morning that takes it onto the Chrome 65 train of the platform.  The new build is 65.0.3325.65 (Platform version: 10323.30.0) for those keeping score at home and if you are in the Beta Channel, type chrome://help in the omnibar of the browser to force the update.

This is the first build in the Beta Channel based on Chrome 65, following up on three different Chrome 64 builds over the last half of January through the beginning of this month.  Those with a keen eye will note that the build number is the same as the last Dev Channel build of the platform, which was released just yesterday.

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Fifth Chrome 65 Build Lands on The Chrome OS Dev Channel

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Another week, another Chrome 65 build in the Chrome OS Dev Channel.  For the third consecutive week, a new build has landed in what equates to the alpha channel of the platform, bringing more stability and bug fixes to it.  The new version is build 65.0.3325.65 (Platform version: 10323.30.0) for those keeping score at home.

The update doesn’t bring any new features into play but rather refines what is already there and brings other stability improvements to the platform.  As previously written, the Dev channel is essentially the alpha channel.  This can be a really rough experience with lots of weird behavior and bugs.  It is aimed at developers and those who like serious bug hunting to see what is coming up in the platform.  It is not ready for prime time in other words.

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Fourth Chrome 65 Build Lands in The Chrome OS Dev Channel

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The fourth build of Chrome 65 has landed in the Chrome OS Dev Channel today.  Build 65.0.3325.56 (Platform version: 10323.21.0) is the first updated build since the end of January and it is available for systems that are in the Dev Channel.

For those that aren’t familiar with the different Chrome OS channels, the Dev channel is essentially the alpha channel.  This can be a really rough experience with lots of weird behavior and bugs.  It is aimed at developers and those who like serious bug hunting to see what is coming up in the platform.  This channel is not recommended for daily use on your daily driver Chromebook.

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Proper Display Scaling Likely Coming to Chrome OS in Chrome 65

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With the release of the third build of Chrome 65 into the Chrome OS Dev channel, a new feature has popped up in settings that has big and positive implications for those who use their Chromebooks connected to an external monitor.  The new settings is enabled with a flag setting, chrome://flags/#enable-display-zoom-setting which enables the ability to change how scaling is done on external monitors.

Currently with a Chromebook, if you connect it to an external monitor, especially a high resolution monitor, you end up with having to scale the display to be able to read everything.  Usually this is 125% of normal to make things bigger and readable.  Doing this effectively changes the resolution to something lower, thus you lose screen real estate.

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