Chrome for Android gets security update – and it runs better, too

Chrome for Android just got an update today that brings a bunch of security enhancement to the browser – which is still only available on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, by the way. According to Google:

This release strengthens Chrome for Android’s sandbox technology, which helps ensure malicious mobile websites are contained and do not impact the entire browser. This is made possible by the innovative multi-process architecture in Chrome for Android, in conjunction with Android’s User ID (UID) isolation technology. This more in-depth sandboxing capability will be automatically used for devices with Android 4.1, Jellybean.

Perhaps more significant to the everyday end user, however, is the fact that this update fixes “a number of bugs.” Since it dropped its beta tag back in June, Chrome has been my favorite browser, both on my HTC EVO 4G LTE and my ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. However, it occasionally has hiccups – especially on my tablet, for some reason. While I haven’t noticed any new features with this latest release, I can definitely vouch that it’s running better on my tablet. Most notably, it seems to load Pocketables a lot faster, which is fine by me.

You can grab the latest update for yourself below.

Download: Google Play

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

20 thoughts on “Chrome for Android gets security update – and it runs better, too

  • September 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm
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    I want Chrome on my Dell Streak 7 so bad but the only way that I can see that happening is if I root my tablet and put on a newer version of Android on it. I wish that I didn’t have to do that but it seems that will be the only way an outdated device will be able to receive updates. I am definitely jealous of anyone who can get Chrome on their phone or tablet.

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  • September 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm
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    I’ve noticed that Swiftkey is playing significantly better with Chrome. My major issue is that when you hit the backspace button too much it would keep adding the same word over and over rather than delete… seems to have been addressed. Just FYI

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    • September 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm
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      Thanks for the heads up. SwiftKey has been my daily driver since their first product in beta. Best keyboard ever.

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  • September 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm
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    I can’t grab it here cause I’m still running with my HTC EVO 4G till next June! I can’t imagine how the technology will be by then!

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  • September 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm
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    Seems to me to be much faster in page loading. Scrolling looks more fluid, but lags behind my finger more. I am on the LTEvo running Notta’s/EvolutionMods Paranoid.

    By the way the side bar on Pocketables that allows you to like or tweet ect is always glitchy in chrome on my phone. Has been since day 1. Not sure if the editors ever noticed, but I would have assumed that a Site with pocket in its name would have a mobile friendly Site. Is this going to be a future improvement? It would be appreciated by me at least.

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    • September 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm
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      The Good and EVO app still works for G&E-only content on your phone. Also, for one of the best mobile experiences, we recommend reading Pocketables using Google Currents.

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      • September 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm
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        Thanks John. I will definitely look into using Currents. I actually forgot about the G&E app.

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  • September 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm
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    Not sure if it’s just me but Chrome seems to drain the battery more than the stock browser. Has anyone else noticed this? I am running Mean ROM. I wonder if I will notice a difference with this new update.

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  • September 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm
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    This has improved the EVO 3D by ALOT!

    Now when you press menu, the pop up does not show up all messed up anymore. In addition to this, the keyboard seems to have stopped disappearing (while it was still active) as it did before.
    Lastly, the pages dont get all jittery when you scroll.
    I think this was a GREAT update for the EVO 3D!

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  • September 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm
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    Never really used chrome until i upgraded to JB and it installed itself (sketch). But I must say I’m impressed.

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  • September 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm
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    Man, I hated Chrome on my GSII when I updated it to ICS. I’ve since moved back to GB on that. Chrome on the N7, however, is awesome and plays nice with Swiftkey3 so we got that going for us.

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  • September 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm
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    I’m impressed, it seems to have addressed all my issues with Chrome.

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  • September 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm
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    I like chrome but I have to say I’m really happy with the stock browser the LTE especially after the latest update, plus no matter how much I like chrome I can’t give up my flash player.

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  • September 13, 2012 at 7:02 am
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    my only complaint about chrome is the size of the app

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  • September 13, 2012 at 9:13 am
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    Maybe I’ll give it another shot. Mine kept crashing and screwing up the websites I was on. Hopefull its better.

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  • September 13, 2012 at 10:03 am
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    working muuuuuuuuuuch better on my 3d

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  • September 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm
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    Thank you so much for the chance to win a Nexus 7!

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  • September 14, 2012 at 3:11 am
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    I don’t notice a huge increase in speed on the Evo 4G LTE. I wish we could get Flash support for chrome because I find myself going back to stock browser for any flash intensive sites and would love to solely use one browser. I have noted a decreased battery life but currently too many variables for me to determine if it’s chrome or not.

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