Beta Channel for Android Devices, New Look Google Apps Vault, Docs Audit Logs for Apps

Chrome Beta channel for Android 4.0+ phone and tablets now avilable to test out new features and fix issues fast and joins other beta versions of Chrome for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS. Chrome Stable release now comes with "booting up a faster browser." New look Google Apps Vault and Google Docs audit logs in the control panel available today to Google Apps customers.

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Google Apps Vault earlier this week gets a new look is now available for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education.

Also, Google Docs audit logs in the control panel now avialble allows administrators to see when users viewed or edited a document. "These logs are available in the control panel under the Reports tab." Logging is disabled by default. It must be enabled in the Drive and Docs settings, informs Google.

Note that changes made by APIs or views/edits to publicly accessible documents (which do not require authentication) are not logged.

Chrome Beta for Android 4.0+ mobile phones and tablets launched today let testers early access to new features (and bugs as well). Chrome for Android now benefits from all the speed, security and other improvements that have been landing on Chrome's other platforms. "For example, in today's Beta update we have improved the Octane performance benchmark on average by 25-30%," informs Google.

This release includes some of the biggest developer updates to Chrome for Android since its launch last year, along with features available on other Chrome versions. In addition, "this update includes interesting HTML5 features for developers such as CSS Filters. This is just one step of many towards bringing beautiful experiences to the mobile web," google adds.

Just like other Beta versions, you can install the Beta alongside your current version of Chrome for Android.

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Some of the features available include:

  • "prefixed support for CSS Filters you can apply visual effects like grayscale, blur, and contrast adjustment to the mobile web. Try this demo on Chrome for Android to see filters in action.
  • new Flexible Box Layout Module simplifies the styling of complex layouts.
  • dynamic viewport units vw, vh, and vmin can now be used for responsive design.
  • <track> element for video provides a simple, standardized way to add subtitles, captions, screen reader descriptions, and chapters. Note that it doesn't work for fullscreen video on Chrome for Android yet.
  • CSS calc() function can be used anywhere a length is required by a CSS properties. It allows mathematical expressions with addition ('+'), subtraction ('-'), multiplication ('*'), and division ('/') to be used as component values.
  • @sandbox and @srcdoc attributes of the <iframe> element give you more control over inline frames.
  • Unprefixed IndexedDB gives you access to fast, structured client-side storage.
  • Our technique to make desktop web pages more readable on mobile screens (now called Text Autosizing) has been improved and is more consistent with other browsers.
  • V8 has been updated to 3.15 bringing a big speed boost; performance on the Octane benchmark improved on average by 25-30%."

Also, released today is the Chrome Stable release, with "faster booting."

Grab the Chrome Beta for Android from Google Play store.