Two days after releasing the stable version of Chrome 28, Google has announced the release of Chrome 30 beta for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Aside from making it easier to search by image, this release is very developer-focused: new APIs and experimental features are the name of the game.
Chrome beta now lets you right-click or long-press an image, and search for it via your default search provider. Here’s how this looks for a Google search:
Chrome beta for Android meanwhile has received new gestures. You can swipe horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs (instead of swiping from the edge of the screen), drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view, and drag down from the menu to open it and select the item you want without having to lift your finger.
The official Chrome 30.0.1599.14 beta changelog is quite short:
The Chrome 30.0.1599.17 beta for Android changelog is much longer:
The second point is worth expanding on as there are quite a few new additions for developers. These encompass both Chrome on the desktop and Chrome for Android.
Next up, Chrome apps on the desktop have received support for a few new APIs, including webview.request, media gallery write support, and downloads. Even better, developers can now use Chrome Web Store managed in-app payments (more details here).
Chrome 30 could arrive as soon as September, but will most likely show up in October. We’ll keep you posted when it’s available.
Top Image Credit: T. Al Nakib