Last week, Google launched Chrome 57 for Windows, Linux, and Mac, and now, the mobile browser provides custom tabs full-page controls, PWAs support and more…
The Google Chrome 57 stable desktop version rolled out already and now it’s soon coming to the Play Store. In the upcoming release, Chrome Custom Tabs will feature a complete set of page controls. Additionally, progressive web apps will gain deeper access to the Android app drawer, notifications, as well as other system functions.
Android Chrome 57 Boasts Custom Tabs Full Page Controls, Progressive Web App Support and More
Previous Chrome browser mobile versions only offered few features in the overflow menu. Among these were share, copy and open in full browser. However, Chrome mobile version 57, includes bookmarks, downloads, request desktop site, and more.
Additionally, progressive web apps or PWAs, will include expanded features, along with more access to Android. PWAs will appear in the app drawer and in the system settings, complete with “App info” pages. PWAs will receive incoming intents to open specific files and notification will cease running through Chrome.
Other useful Android Chrome 57 features include:
- More frequently article suggestion updates on the New Tab page.
- Select a recently visited search engine to default search engine.
- See Physical Web suggestions, based on surroundings and location, in the address bar.
Websites are also able to provide increased metadata to Android Chrome browser. Moreover, notifications can feature background artwork for device lock screens, as well as title, artist, and album info.
Google Chrome market share continues to grow, in-part due to Microsoft browser abandonment. In late February, Nick Fox, VP of Communications Products at Google, revealed the company is working on an Allo desktop version for the new virtual assistant chat app.
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