The second Chrome 68 build has arrived for the Chrome for Android Beta app. Build 68.0.3440.23 is now the updated version number and it has been released into the Play Store. If you have the Chrome Beta app, which is free and anyone can install, you likely already have the update installed.
As with most of these incremental updates to the beta app, this one is mostly focused on bug fixes and stability improvements as the Chromium team within Google, along with feedback from testers, continue to tweak the the build before it goes live for everyone in the Stable channel.
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A new update to the Chrome for Android app is now rolling out in the Play Store. The update is build 67.0.3396.87 and is the second Chrome 67 based build of the mobile browser. The first build was released late last month and with that release, a bug was introduced that impacted the use of the Autofill feature of the browser. This update fixes that bug.
The update has been released to the Play Store so you should see the update land on your phone over the course of the next few days if it hasn’t already.
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The Chrome for Android Beta app has been updated to Chrome 68 today, bringing with it the first real glimpse of what we can expect once it is released to the stable channel. The build is 68.0.3440.14 for those keeping score at home and is already out in the Play Store.
As a reminder, anyone can download and install the Chrome for Android Beta app from the store and it can be installed at the same time as the stable version so you can check both of them out at the same time.
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The Chrome team at Google has announced that starting with Chrome 68, the banner to prompt users to add a site to their Home screen will be changing. Today, when you visit a site and are prompted to add it to your Home screen, it is a rather large banner. Starting with Chrome 68, this will be displayed in a mini bar at the bottom of the display.
The goal of all of this is to eventually have an install button option on the omni bar in Chrome and this is a stepping stone to that eventuality.
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Following the release of the Chrome 67 update for desktops, the Chrome for Android update has now too been updated to the latest build of Chrome. Build 67.0.3396.68 was released earlier today and it will take a few days for everyone’s Play Store account to be updated so it can be downloaded.
The update brings a lot of security fixes and overall improvements to the browser along with a new generic sensor API which adds gyroscope support for augmented reality as well as the new Credentials Management API. Of course, on the desktop version, the bigger news was the full fledged support of Progressive Web Apps in Chrome.
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About a week after the second Chrome 67 beta build arrived, the Chrome for Android Beta app in the Play Store has been updated with an updated build of the next version of the browser. Build 67.0.3396.59 is now the version you will find when you install the Beta app for Chrome in the Store. Unlike other beta programs, anyone can get the beta app by simply downloading it and you can use it side-by-side with the stable version of the browser.
There isn’t a lot to report as far as new features go in this build. In reviewing the change log, most of the items mentioned are bug fixes or performance improvement updates.
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Somethings things just don’t go as planned and Chrome 66 could fall into that category. The update to the browser for MacOS, Windows, Android, iOS, and Chrome OS rolled out progressively starting in late April up through last week depending on the platform. It came with an autoplay blocking feature that would prevent most websites from autoplaying audio and video content. The problem is, it broke things.
Specifically, multiple reports came to the Chromium team about web games being broken after the update to Chrome 66 as well as some corporate web-based demos. In response, Google has partially rolled back the feature with plans to reintroduce it later.
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A second Chrome 67 based build has arrived in the Chrome for Android Beta app. The app update, which is now live in the Google Play Store, is build 67.0.3396.42. Unlike other beta builds of apps in the Play Store, you don’t have to join a beta program to try it out on your phone. Just download it here and you can run it at the same time that you run the stable version on your device.
To a large extent, Chrome 67 is a bit of a maintenance release with not a lot of new features expected. The only real notable change is the Home button near the omni bar at the top of the display.
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