Stable Chrome for Android gets updated to version 25

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My personal favorite mobile browser, Chrome for Android, just got an update in the Play Store today, getting bumped up to version 25 from version 18 (25.0.1364.123, to be exact). This was certainly a long time coming, as Google announced back in November that it was planning on aligning all Chrome releases, and stable channels of Chrome OS and the desktop Chrome browsers were sitting at 24 until only recently.

This update not only is a huge jump in terms of version number, but also in terms of enhancements and new features. Here’s only some of what’s new:

  • Improved scrolling performance
  • Increased responsiveness to pinch-zooming on pages
  • Faster interactive pages thanks to the latest version of the V8 javascript engine
  • Audio now continues to play while Chrome is in the background
  • Expanded support for HTML5 features
  • Support for pausing audio in Chrome when phone is in use (note: this requires an additional permission)

Overall, I’m extremely pleased with this update, even though I’m actually on the Chrome Beta channel myself. But for those of you who like to keep things as stable as possible, this proves to be an excellent update, bringing a better browser experience to all Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.

Happy updating!

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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.

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