After roughly one month in the beta stage, version 44 of Chrome for Android has been released as a stable build. Google’s announcement didn’t go into the specifics, but they did mention the update includes a ‘boatload’ of bug fixes.
The changelog listed on the Play Store only says ‘bug fixes and speedy performance improvements’. However, we do know some experimental features that were being tested in Chrome 44 beta, didn’t make the cut. To be more specific, the new Reader Mode and the New Tab page, neither of which are included in the stable release. It’s likely these features still need some refining, and we’ll get them in a future update.
Most users should already see the latest version in the Play Store, but as always the the roll-out is gradual, so if it doesn’t show up for you yet, give it a few more days. Chrome does seem a bit faster now and a new information icon has been added in the menu, that lets you change location settings and copy the URL.
Major updates tend to bring some bugs of their own, so if you encounter any, you can always report them from the Menu icon, by selecting Help and then Feedback. Also, if you’d like to try out Chrome’s experimental features, which are not available in the stable app, you can easily become a beta tester. Just lookup Chrome Beta in the Play store and replace the stable version with that app.
Since Google didn’t provide a changelog for v. 44, let us know if you discover any new features in the latest Chrome.
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