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Chrome Beta update brings undo button for closed tabs, and 'some' other stuff
Google’s Chrome Beta on Android has a few new tricks up its sleeve. Admittedly, we’ve already seen these features on the desktop browser, but now possible on Android will be the ability to reopen a closed tab, fullscreen HTML5 video playback, support for some multi-window supporting devices and the ability to send some video to your Chromecast.
We are always excited to see new features injected into Google’s Chrome Beta browser. Not only are new features exciting for the bleeding edge users that enjoy the beta channel, but, true to the ‘beta’ moniker, they serve as a strong indicator of possible things to come for the normal Chrome browser.
The ability to reopen your last closed tab operates as a small popup with an Undo button, visually very similar to the ‘undo’ notification you may be familiar with in your Gmail on the desktop. You’ll see it at the bottom of your screen for a few seconds after closing a tab, making it best for recovery of accidental closes. This feature only works for the last tab closed, but there is a Recent tabs option in the main menu if you need to go back further.
Fullscreen HTML5 video playback supports subtitles and has on-screen controls, but Google says that the controls are not yet complete, so beware of that. Multi-window support is only available for some devices. There is no list of which multi-window capable devices Chrome Beta now supports, they simply say it works for some. We’ll have to keep our eye on this as it matures, it will be interesting to see which devices are actually supported and how the feature operates.
As is usually the case, Google offers no promises as to if or when these features may graduate to the mainstream Chrome browser that most of us have on our Android devices. For now, you’ll have to install or update your Chrome Beta from the Google Play Store if you want to take these new features a spin.
Are you a Chrome Beta user, or do you prefer to just wait for features to hit the stable release? If you have already been testing out the new features, what do you think so far?