Chrome Beta 31 for Android allows you to add homescreen shortcuts for web apps and sites

by: Andrew GrushOctober 3, 2013

Just the other day, Chrome 30 for Android reached stable status, but Google doesn’t sit still for long. Chrome 31 for Android Beta is now beginning to roll out!

There are several new minor changes in build 31 for Android, but probably the biggest addition is a new feature that allows websites to be added to the Android home screen.

How does this work? It’s actually really easy. All you need to do is open up the overflow menu and select “Add to homescreen”. According to Google, if an app has been properly optimized, it will even work as a full-screen Chrome frame that will appear as a separate app in the app switcher.

This kind of functionality could prove essential for those that visit certain websites regularly and want an easy way to launch sites without having to first open up Chrome separately. It could also be nice for those websites that don’t have native apps.

If you have yet to receive the new Chrome 31 Beta update, don’t worry – it’s coming. As is usual with Google apps, the rollout will occur in stages.

For those that have the new version, what do you think?

  • KK

    Now only if Google would make the Chrome Web Store part of Google Play :D

    • mike

      Or the other way around!

      • KK

        no offense, but that makes no sense at all…

        • Nandi

          Actually, It Makes A Lot More Sense… Such A Step Would Truly Unify The Google Experience On Desktop & Mobile… If Chrome Store Apps Could Work On Android Or The Other Way Around, Then Chrome Books Would Dominate The World…

  • Craig Nelson

    I haven’t gotten the chrome 30 update nor the chrome beta 31 update. How do I get these updates to show up

  • RarestName

    This was on Safari and I never used it.

    • kk

      the difference is that the safari one is merely a link like any other, this chrome one actually opens up the site in its own window in full screen as if it was just a regular app

      • RarestName

        Actually, there are full screen web apps as well. But I don’t like it.

  • HugoMathee

    That weight tracking app in the screenshots works very good

  • Andre Costa

    Playbook do it so far and no one made any party for such thing. Nothing really new. Just a “copy”‘from google.