Chrome for Android gets new Beta channel

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Introducing Beta channel on Chrome for Android

Google has launched its first Beta channel of Chrome for Android.

The new Chrome Beta channel provides tablet and phone users with easy access to new Beta versions. They can try out new features and enhancements currently in development, while it also enables users to provide feedback and flag on issues.

Jason Kersey, technical program manager at Google, said: "Just like our other Beta versions, the new features may be a little rough around the edges, but we'll be pushing periodic updates so you can test out our latest work as soon as it's ready."

Current beta

Google already has Beta versions for Chrome for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS. The launch of the Google Chrome for Android Beta channel means that now tablet and phone users can also benefit from the speed, security and updates previously available on other platforms.

The current Beta shows that Google has improved the Octane performance benchmark by up to 30 percent. The Beta update also offers features unavailable in the current Chrome for Android version, including HTML 5 features like CSS Filters.

Chrome Beta for Android is currently available in Google Play. Both the Chrome for Android Beta channel and Chrome can be installed together on a single device.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: "Google has long promised a Beta channel for its Chrome for Android, and the ability to run both Chrome and Chrome Beta means that your regular browsing won't be affected by any early issues.