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Test out new Virtual Reality Features in Google Chrome with this Flag

Basic virtual reality using a Google Daydream VR headset was added to Chrome 61 in the stable branch a few weeks ago without needing to enable any hidden toggles or flags. This meant simply visiting any VR enabled website with a VR device connected would allow you to make use of virtual reality features offered...

“Pay with Google” Available in Latest Play Services, on its way to Android’s Chrome Browser

Google has recently begun increasing their efforts to get a foothold in the mobile payments market, with the launch of Tez in India, the expansion of Android Pay into the Central Bank of Australia and now, a more recent addition, "Pay with Google". It was fully added in the September update of Google Play Services...

Registration for Chrome Dev Summit 2017 is Open, Oct 23-24 in San Francisco

When you ask someone about developer conferences from Google that impacts Android, the immediate answer is almost always Google I/O. This is a very important event for native Android application and games developers, but there are other events that also benefit the Android ecosystem. One such event is one held by Google called the Chrome...

Chrome Receiving Support for EAC-3 (Dolby Digital Plus) Passthrough

Chrome will receive support for Dolby Digital Plus (also known as Enchanced AC-3) passthrough in an upcoming update, as can be seen on the Chromium Gerrit. This is a huge addition for those using Android TVs with a sound system which uses Dolby Digital Plus. Dolby Digital Plus is an advanced surround sound audio technology that has...

WebAPKs are Now Enabled by Default in Chrome Nightly Builds

Progressive Web Apps (otherwise known as WebAPKs) are Google's attempt at integrating the web app ecosystem (so far through Chrome) into the Android platform. Traditional applications (such as a native application) need to be downloaded as an APK file and then installed directly onto the device. Web applications are much more open as you simply...

How to Stop Vibrations from Any Android App on Your Phone

Online advertisements continue finding new ways to annoy the crap out of you. For the past few years, one particular form of online advertisements have plagued mobile devices: the vibrating ad. Using the Vibration API, advertisements have been vibrating your phone to annoyingly grab your attention. This issue has been known for years, but Google...

Chrome’s Reader Mode May be Coming to Custom Tabs in a Future Update

Google is constantly working to improve the user experience of websites on a mobile device. Not only have they made a lot of progress with their AMP project, but they're even working to help the user take control of the content being displayed on their device. This type of work can also be shown dating...

Chrome Supports Android O’s PiP Mode When Watching Videos

Picture-in-picture mode is a highly anticipated feature that could actually flop if enough 3rd-party applications don't end up supporting it. So far, we've seen support for PiP mode come to applications such as Duo, Google Play Movies and VLC's latest beta update. So we're seeing a lot of focus from Google's 1st-party applications but since Android...

Enable the Rotate-to-fullscreen Gesture in Chrome to Quickly Enter and Exit Fullscreen

If you’re like me and use Chrome to browse most sites rather than install dozens of individual apps, then you are likely familiar with Chrome’s full screen video viewer. Whenever you enter a video, the screen orientation is locked to match the orientation of the video (thanks to the introduction of the #video-fullscreen-orientation-lock Chrome flag...

Chrome Will Start Blocking Ads in 2018 on Sites Not Compliant with the Better Ads Standards

As society is moving toward a mobile-first world, more and more companies are trying to improve the user experience when it comes to browsing on a mobile device. Facebook worked on this with Instant Articles, Google has been rolling out their AMP project and then there's Apple News specifically for iOS users. We're even starting...

Google’s Experimental “Chrome Home” gets a Redesigned New Tab Page

Google is constantly at work bringing new features to the most popular Internet browser in the world - Chrome. Although most new features take weeks or even months before ever getting into the hands of most users, it's possible to try out new features by enabling certain experimental flags in chrome://flags. One such feature, known...

Google Officially Adopts the Payment Request API, Allowing you to Pay with 3rd-Party Apps in Chrome

Set to be announced at the upcoming Google I/O developer conference, the Payment Request API will revolutionize the way we make online payments on our mobile devices. No longer will Google Chrome users on Android have to go through lengthy checkout processes involving inputting their credit card information or logging into PayPal. Instead, the API...