Chrome for iOS with Voice Search 'Coming Soon'; "Improved Search, Fullscreen Browsing" in Android

Chrome for iPhone and iPad with voice search now available. Google releases Chrome for Android Stable channel release with improved search, fullscreen browsing and more.

Chrome for Android today promoted to Chrome 27 Stable channel--the latest updated bulid 27.0.1453.90 now contains a number of improvments including ton of stability and performance fixes.

Additionally, the Admin console has been updated. This update expands automatic enrollment to all devices, as long as the device is already listed in the Admin console device list.

This Stable update makes it searching on the go even simpler--as you can now see your search queries in the omnibox instead of the long search URL, so you can easily refine them and view more results.

Chrome for Android, improved search and fullscreen browsing

Also, the web pages now display in fullscreen on phones thus making browsing the mobile web even easier. "As you scroll, the top toolbar disappears so you can immerse yourself in the web page content. When you scroll up, the toolbar returns so you can get on to the next thing," explains Google.

In addtion, reloading of web pages is also faster now, as Google is now using the cache more efficiently when the network is slow.

Google further notes, that over the coming days, a update for iPhone and iPad will bring voice search to Chrome.

"You can now speak your searches into the omnibox. Touch the microphone, say your search query aloud and see your results (in some cases spoken back to you), all without typing a single lette," Google added.

Finally, other iOS apps can now give you the option to open links in Chrome and then return to the app with just one tap.

Here is a quick list of improvements:

  • "Fullscreen on phones - Scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
  • Simpler searching - Searching from the omnibox will keep your search query visible in the omnibox, making it easier to edit, and show more on your search result page.
  • Client-side certificate support - You can now access sites that require you to use a certificate and Chrome will allow you to select an installed certificate
  • Tab history on tablets - Long press the browser back button to view your tab history," explains google.

More information about Chrome for Android is available on the Chrome site.

Chrome for iPhone and iPad, with voice search

Update 06/04: Chrome for iOS now includes the enhanced version of voice search (conversational search) that brings along more accurate answers, spoken feedback and it remembers your previous questions.

You'll hear the answer and Google will also show a card with more information. Spoken feedback can be disabled from the settings page: go to the voice search section and disable "speak answers back". "The answer can be a fact, weather condition, stock price, flight status, sports score, currency conversion, mathematical calculation, and more. Spoken answers are only supported in English at this time," informs Google.

Google has removed the microphone icon from the address bar and now placed it prominently "next to the keyboard." If you start using the keyboard, the voice search button is replaced by some keys that are useful when you enter a web address: ":", ".", "-", "/" and a ".com" button.

Google also now shows the words from your question as you speak, so you can see much faster if Google's speech-to-text engine understands what you're saying.

Conversational Voice Search in Chrome for iOS