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Chrome v41 adds pull-to-refresh functionality, Beta v42 brings 'site notifications'

Google is rolling out updates to both Chrome stable and Chrome Beta in the Play Store. In the version 41 update, Chrome stable gets pull-to-refresh functionality, while version 42 of Chrome Beta allows sites to send you notifications.

Published onMarch 11, 2015


Google is rolling out the latest versions of both Chrome stable and Chrome Beta to the Play Store as we speak. Google Chrome is getting a nice update to version 41 that lets users pull down on a webpage to refresh, instead of clicking the overflow menu to complete the action.  That feature rolled out in Chrome Beta a few weeks ago, so now we’re finally seeing the polished version hit the stable channel. The version 41 update also brings a number of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Chrome stable

As for Chrome Beta, its newest update brings the app to version 42. New in this update is the ability to “get the latest updates from sites with notifications”. For right now, we’re not quite sure what that means at this point. Presumably sites will be able to send you notifications while you’re visiting the webpage, but we’re not sure if the notifications will come from Chrome itself of from the notification drop down menu.

Chrome Beta

As you can see from the screenshots above, there’s now an option to choose whether or not to allow sites to send you notifications without asking you first. We’ll have to listen for more clarification from the company in the future regarding this feature. Additionally, the new Chrome Beta release will make “adding your favorite sites to your homescreen even easier”. Again, we’re not sure how this has changed from the last version of Chrome, but perhaps there are a few under the hood fixes we’re not noticing quite yet.

Both of these updates are now rolling out to the Play Store, so head to the links below to check for your update.