Chrome 30 Beta For Android Has Improved Search By Images, Gestures And WebGL

by Paul Joseph on August 26, 2013 · 0 comments

In an update to the Chrome browser for Android, Google has unleashed new features, including better gesture navigation, improved search by image ability, support for WebGL, and a few other goodies. They’re aimed at pushing Chrome to become the most powerful mobile browser on the market, but this stuff isn’t yet ready for the masses. Chrome’s navigational gestures have been refined, though there weren’t that many to begin with. You can now cycle between tabs by swiping your thumb from side to side without starting all the way at the edge of the screen. You can also swipe down from the URL bar to get to the tab interface and then easily swipe it away on any open browser screen, or hold down on the menu button to bring up the menu screen rather than simply tapping it. It’s not entirely clear what the purpose of that last gesture is except that it makes the overall touch interface feel more streamlined. WebGL has been around for a few years now and, while support in browsers is basically universal at this point, there aren’t that many apps out there making use of the hardware accelerated graphics API. That’s partially because there are still problems and not all computers can run WebGL smoothly or at all, but also perhaps because developers aren’t used to this much power on a website. In fact, WebGL in Chrome for Android is only enabled on high-end devices with powerful GPUs. Google mentions the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7, but the Galaxy S4, HTC One and similar devices should work. Last year’s high-end models, i.e. the Galaxy S3 or the One X may work too. But it’s not enabled on the older 2012 Nexus 7, powered by a Tegra 3 SoC with Nvidia graphics, for example. It’s heavy in features but it needs some performance improvements. It barely chugs along on the Galaxy Nexus. The beta version could have performance of the competitive browsers. Looking For A Social Media Agency?? – Contact WATConsult – India’s Leading Social Media Agency

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