Google has unleashed a handful of new features to the Chrome browser for Android. The new features are just in beta release at the moment, but they will soon to be available to the public.The Chrome team has come out with some great improvements with the aim of becoming the top mobile browser on the market.

Here are some of the new features to expect:

WebGL

This release is the first time Chrome for Android supports WebGL by default. WebGL ia a JavaScript API for the rendering of 3D and 2D graphics. Default settings are included on all mobile devices that have high end GPU (Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 tablet included). 

You can try out WebGL here http://helloracer.com/webgl/ if you have a compatible phone.

Device Motion

DeviceMotion is part of the Device Orientation API in Chrome for Android beta channel. Developers will be interested to use this, enabling them to gather information about the device’s acceleration and rotation rates.

Click here to try it out http://isthisanearthquake.com/

Swipe Gestures

New swipe gestures have been introduced too. Now you can swipe across the top toolbar to switch from one tab to another and drag down from the toolbar to see the tab switcher view.

tab switcher view

This makes it much easier and faster to navigate to where you want to be.

Support for MediaSource API

In the beta channel for devices running Jelly Bean or higher, support for MediaSource API is added for developers.

In the mobile browser it is now easier to enable adaptive streaming and time-shifting live streams. The MediaSource is enabled by default allowing JavaScript to produce media streams for playback. This API is pretty useful on mobile device connections where internet can be unpredictable.

See here for a quick demo http://dash-mse-test.appspot.com/dash-player.html?url=http://yt-dash-mse-test.commondatastorage.googleapis.com/car-20120827-manifest.mpd.

Search by Image

If you often see an image on the internet and want to know more about it you can easily do so now. By long pressing on the image and selecting the option to search for it within your browser, you can view content related to your chosen image.

chosen image

Along with the above new features, Chrome 30 beta for Android also includes easy zoom gesture by simply double tapping on the page and swiping your finger up or down without lifting it off.

For developers, Chrome 30 for Android also includes new API’s such as webview.request, media gallery write support and downloads.

Developers can also now use Chrome Web Store managed in-app payments. See more in-app payment details here: http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/05/28/google-adds-in-app-payments-to-the-latest-chrome-build-as-it-prepares-to-bundle-google-wallet-in-its-browser/

Google Chrome is usually the browser of choice for Android device owners so it’s great to see that the Chrome team frequently pushes out rapid tweaks and improvements.

Like this post? Share it!