Chrome Mobile for Android, iOS Now Faster & Responsive, Improves Search, Sharing

Chrome 25 for Android now faster, more responsive making interactions within web pages snappier. And offer improved search, sharing in the latest iOS release. Android 4.2 adds full native support for RTL layouts.

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Chrome Mobile browser update today bring faster and simpler browsing to Android and iOS smartphones and tablets along with improved search and sharing.

The latest Chrome for Android, adds scroll and fling and lets you view all your favorite web pages more speedier than ever. Thanks to the latest version of the V8 Javascript engine, which is now optimized for mobile--and making the Octane performance improved by 25 percent on average.

In addition, Google has also expanded support for HTML5 features such as CSS Filters.

Additionally, Google plans to add "Web Accelerator" to compress pages in order to "reduce data consumption by loading optimized web pages via Google proxy servers." For the now, it's just another option added to the chrome://flags page.

You'll probably find it in the next releases of Chrome Beta for Android.

And, the Chrome for iPhone and iPad build 25.0.1364.86 now comes with improved search and sharing as you can now see search term in the omnibox (instead of the long search URL) that helps you refine search queries and view more content on the results page. This feature will roll out in the coming weeks.

Additionally, a couple of more features now added include: "to quickly view tab history, you can now simply press and hold the back button to access any page you had previously visited from that tab; Head to "Menu" then "Share" to share a web page via email or to your favorite social network.

In addition, you can also share any web page via Messages.

Latest versions of Chrome is available on Google Play and in the App Store.

Chrome 25 for iPhone improved search and sharing

In other Android news, Jelly Bean Android 4.2 has added full native support for RTL layouts, including "layout mirroring," allowing developers to deliver the same great app experience to all of your users, "whether their language uses a script that reads right-to-left or one that reads left-to-right," informs Android dev team.

To take advantage of RTL layout mirroring, Google suggests following changes to app(s):

  • Declare in your app manifest that your app supports RTL mirroring. Specifically, "add android:supportsRtl="true" to the <application> element in your manifest file," explains Google.
  • Change all of your app's "left/right" layout properties to new "start/end" equivalents.
    • "If you are targeting your app to Android 4.2 (the app's targetSdkVersion or minSdkVersion is 17 or higher), then you should use "start" and "end" instead of "left" and "right". For example, android:paddingLeft should become android:paddingStart.
    • If you want your app to work with versions earlier than Android 4.2 (the app's targetSdkVersion or minSdkVersion is 16 or less), then you should add "start" and end" in addition to "left" and "right". For example, you'd use both android:paddingLeft and android:paddingStart," Google explains.

For example, see the following screenshots of the Settings app:

native rtl support in android 4.2

Also, Google has added an option to "scroll to top" on its image search on Android. As, iOS already has a built-in feature that scrolls to the top of the page (or the current view) when you tap the status bar.

When you select an image result, you'll probably see a new interface that focuses on the image and makes it more obvious that you can swipe right/left to check to other results. The browser's address bar is no longer displayed and the image is slightly smaller.

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Finally, the YouTube's app on iPhone or iPad, by default opens all YouTube links from Safari in the YouTube app. But to open an YouTube video in Safari--just follow the steps below. (links to the mobile YouTube site (m.youtube.com) aren't intercepted by the app):

  1. long press the link (tap and hold)
  2. select "copy"
  3. open a new tab
  4. paste the link
  5. replace "www" with "m", so that "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=" becomes "http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=" and tap "go".

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