Chrome for iOS updated with fullscreen iPhone browsing and new print options

By , Apr 9, 2013

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Good news Chrome users, Google has updated its popular browser for iOS today. The update, which brings the app to version 26.0.1410.50, features a few handy new additions, including fullscreen browsing for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The app includes a few UI changes that make the new fullscreen browsing mode work, and a few new print and save options. Users can now print web pages with Google Cloud Print, or AirPrint, and save pages as PDF files to Google Drive…

Here’s the full change log for today’s update:

What’s New in Version 26.0.1410.50
Fullscreen for iPhone and iPod touch
-Scroll the toolbar off the screen to enjoy the full page of content.
-Quickly re-access the omnibox by scrolling back down.

Printing
-Print web pages with Google Cloud Print or AirPrint.
-Save any page as a PDF to Google Drive

Stability / security improvements and bug fixes

There’s no Settings toggle for the new fullscreen browsing mode in Chrome. The way it works is that as you scroll down a webpage, the omnibox and menu bar disappear, leaving your display full of nothing but website. Scroll up to bring it back.

I don’t use Google Cloud Print or Google Drive, so I can’t speak to those features, but I’m sure folks who do use them are happy to see them added. I do, however, use an AirPrint-capable printer. And I’m happy to say that this option works great.

If you’re already a Chrome user, this update is a no-brainer. And for the folks still using Safari or another browser, this update is worth checking out. As usual, you can find Chrome for iOS in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad, for free.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.espiritu2 Kyle Espiritu

    Been waiting for the print option to be added. Thanks Google. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/linton.findlay Linton Findlay

    Hopefully will resolve speed issues on 4s, seems to take forever to load in the last few updates

  • Adil Hussain

    Gonna try this Chrome browser out even though I dont really ‘need’ a different browser.
    Anyway maybe you guys could do a comparison with this and Safari, highlighting each of their features, i’d definitely read that article :D

    • Mohammed Sahib

      On iPhone, chrome has one feature that is seriously lacking in safari: request desktop site. On iPad most sites default to desktop view or tablet view, so it is OK.

    • Guest

      safari has features?

  • M Last

    I don’t care, i am still using Safari :))

  • http://twitter.com/ptotti14 A. Perlaki

    But they still haven’t fixed that weird looking ‘+’ button on the iPad version…

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    I wish they’d move the stop and reload button to the address bar. Clicking the wrong link then having to go into the menu to hit stop is just frustrating

    • http://twitter.com/Mrwaller81 Adam

      This. I know there’s not much room on the bar but it would be a welcome addition.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Definitely

    • RarestName

      I think Browser Changer fixes this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        How so? Isn’t Browser Changer just a default selector?

      • RarestName

        My bad, EasyRefresh for Chrome does this. I’ve totally forgotten that I had that installed as well.

  • Chuck Finley

    So, does this update hide JB specific code which then causes a crash every time I try to use it on a JB device?

    • RarestName

      They fixed this in an older update.