Searching on the go, made even simpler

May 22nd, 2013

Chrome for Android, improved search and fullscreen browsing

Today’s Chrome for Android stable update, now available on Google Play, makes searching on the go even simpler. You can now see your search queries in the omnibox instead of the long search URL, so you can easily refine them and view more results.

To make browsing the mobile web even easier, web pages also display in fullscreen on phones. As you scroll, the top toolbar disappears so you can immerse yourself in the web page content. When you scroll up, the toolbar returns so you can get on to the next thing.

Chrome for iPhone and iPad, with voice search (coming soon)

Over the coming days, we’re rolling out an update for iPhone and iPad as well. You can now speak your searches into the omnibox. Touch the microphone, say your search query aloud and see your results (in some cases spoken back to you), all without typing a single letter. Try these queries with the update (coming soon to the App Store):

  • “How many miles from San Antonio to Dallas?”
  • “What’s the weather in Rome?”
  • “Who stars in The Internship?”

This update also enables faster reloading of web pages by using the cache more efficiently when the network is slow, which is especially useful when you’re on the go. Finally, other iOS apps can now give you the option to open links in Chrome and then return to the app with just one tap.

We look forward to your feedback on the latest versions of Chrome for Android and iOS.

Posted by Yusuf Ozuysal and Milan Broum, Minimalist & Vocal Software Engineers