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This article was published on April 30, 2015

Get an early look at new Chrome features on Android as Google releases the developer version to all

Get an early look at new Chrome features on Android as Google releases the developer version to all
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Fancy a sneak peek at Google’s new mobile browser? All you have to do is download Chrome Dev from the Play Store onto your Android device and voilà.

Google announced the release yesterday on its official Chrome blog.

The Chrome Dev app is worth downloading if you’re designing an app or mobile site so you can preview how they might run on phones and tablets and it is also the place to get previews of new features from Google before they are generally released.

This is the first time that Google has released the Dev version on Android. It is already available for Mac, Windows, Linux and ChromeOS.

There are already multiple Chrome channels available such as the Canary channel, which could be regarded as the least stable, the more stable Chrome Beta and the regular Chrome browser.

You can install multiple versions of Chrome on Android devices, and using Chrome Dev does mean you’ll get to preview new features before they move up the chain to Chrome Beta and eventually the Chrome browser, but as the app’s description states – using Chrome Dev is like living “on the bleeding edge.”

So, if you’re a casual user, it’s probably safer to stick with the regular Chrome Browser and avoid any unpleasant crashes or reliability issues.

➤ Chrome Dev for Android

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