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New features are expected with browser alignment

The problem with having many different versions of a specific web browser, such as Chrome, across different platforms is that they may not all have the same functionality at any given time. Google is working to fix that problem with a push to align versions of the Chrome browser across all platforms.

Google has announced that all versions of Chrome will be aligned across all platforms by early 2013.

The Chrome team said, "We expect an update to Chrome for Android starting with a developer update to happen before the end of the year, and we’re actively working towards aligning releases across all platforms, including Android, starting early next year."

It's unclear exactly what this alignment will mean for the Android version of Chrome. Chrome on Android fans might be getting things such as better plug-in support, extensions, and more API functionality. With no specifics offered, only time will tell.
Chrome became available for Android devices in February and for iOS devices this past summer.

Source: Chrome Spot

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Bring back flash
By quiksilvr on 11/28/2012 9:13:54 AM , Rating: 5
The main reason why I don't use Chrome on my Galaxy Nexus is because of its lack of flash support.

Amazon Instant Video, for example, only works on flash on Android because it has yet to have a dedicated app.

There are still videos on YouTube that don't work on flash.

Alot of websites (including Google) implement flash in some way allowing interactivity (JWST build your own satellite program is a prime example of this).

If they can bake flash back into Chrome on Android and start rolling in extensions, plug-ins and themes, then we got a winner.

RE: Bring back flash
By Red Storm on 11/28/2012 9:37:25 AM , Rating: 2
Use another browser for niche flash needs. I'm glad they took it out of Chrome, mobile flash needs to die already.

RE: Bring back flash
By quiksilvr on 11/28/2012 10:58:47 AM , Rating: 2
Why? When optimized its a very powerful and efficient tool.

RE: Bring back flash
By gamerk2 on 11/28/2012 11:04:54 AM , Rating: 1
Because Flash is full of massive security holes and CPU intensive (drains battery life). HTML5 is the way to go.

Flash needs to die. Its really that simple.

RE: Bring back flash
By theapparition on 11/28/2012 11:18:18 AM , Rating: 5
No it's not that simple.

What happens when you need to access a website on the go and they're still using Flash. You can scream at the web master all you want, but you're still stuck.

Yes, this is a real scenario. While on travel, a friend and I wanted tickets to an event, but she couldn't order them on her iPhone. I was able to, but only because my phone supported it. Should that website have been updated to HTML5? Absolutely. But that doesn't help you right now, does it?

While I'm all for the phasing out of Flash, it still needs to be supported for those times when you need it.

RE: Bring back flash
By nocturne on 11/28/2012 9:38:11 PM , Rating: 3
All issues with Flash aside, this is a pretty ignorant statement.. So web developers are supposed to turn their backs on 20 years of flash development which basically created the media-rich net experience we enjoy today, in order to work on the minority of HTML5 enabled browsers (in terms of users)..?

You obviously haven't done much web work.. Most of my time coding styles I spend just trying to get them to work the same across all browsers, as each has their own special css properties which must be used (moz-, webkit-, khtml-, etc -- most are gone in modern versions, though most users never update). Add on top of that, the most popular browser is still IE6 -- so add in a bunch more tricks to do simple things like using transparent PNG's and GIF's. Backwards compatibility is a hell of a lot more important than 'forwards-compatibility'.

Finally, the HTML5 spec isn't even close to finished yet! Devs have been sitting on their hands for years, leaving it to programmers from companies like Google and Apple to lend a helping hand to make sure it eventually gets certified. <Video> is the only useful addition so far (don't get me started on <canvas>), and nobody can even decide on what codec standards to use yet! Codec woes, or flash.. give me flash.

RE: Bring back flash
By Schadenfroh on 11/28/2012 3:20:24 PM , Rating: 3
I'm an Adobe Flex developer and I especially want it to die.

Use ActionScript & MXML for a while, experience the lack of modern programming language features, browse the spotty documentation, adore that DST causes a wrench in the gears when bouncing between Linux & Windows, etc...

RE: Bring back flash
By TakinYourPoints on 11/28/2012 6:09:02 PM , Rating: 2
Flash is many things but it is not optimized. Adobe had years to get it working well on Android and they still failed, the thing is still a mess in terms of security and power efficiency.

Hell, even on the desktop it isn't stable, it has been bringing down Chrome on both Windows and OS X for the last two weeks.

RE: Bring back flash
By nofumble62 on 12/1/2012 10:26:41 AM , Rating: 3
Never had problem (well.. almost) with Flash on my PC.

RE: Bring back flash
By Jeffk464 on 11/28/2012 10:13:34 AM , Rating: 2
Can we please get an official version of chrome for linux. Chromium works fine, I would just feel more comfortable if it came from google.

RE: Bring back flash
By Ammohunt on 11/28/2012 10:42:55 AM , Rating: 2
Um you need to change distros because Chrome has been available for Linux for quite some time in fedora you simply install the repo RPM and use yum to install chrome.

RE: Bring back flash
By Guspaz on 11/28/2012 10:44:32 AM , Rating: 2
There has always been an official version of Chrome for Linux:

RE: Bring back flash
By TakinYourPoints on 11/28/2012 6:14:51 PM , Rating: 3
Amazon Instant Video, for example, only works on flash on Android because it has yet to have a dedicated app.

There are still videos on YouTube that don't work on flash.

This is incredibly bizarre. Amazon Instant Video has been on iOS for ages, and you figure that most of the legwork getting it to work on Android has been done given that it works on the Kindle Fire. Amazon really should release a dedicated app to work on other Android devices.

Point me to a Youtube video that doesn't work on Flash, I haven't found one in years, ditto any other major website that serves video. Flash has been irrelevant on mobile for ages, and Amazon Instant Video on Android aside (again, bizarre) I don't see any missing gaps. Well, I do know some specific examples like the GSL Starcraft video page not working with Android, but again that is a very specific thing. Its also pretty standard given that iOS is still the main target for compatibility with web and app developers.

PS - Chrome rules!

RE: Bring back flash
By quiksilvr on 11/29/2012 2:50:40 PM , Rating: 2
Grammar fail: There are still videos on YouTube that ONLY work on flash.

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