Google Chrome for Android adds new touch gestures


Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is introducing a new version of its Chrome browser for Android, adding new touch gestures letting users more quickly navigate open tabs and access the menu.

The retooled Chrome, available for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher, enables users to swipe horizontally across the top toolbar to switch tabs. Dragging vertically down from the toolbar brings up the tab switcher view--users may also drag down from the menu to open the menu and select the desired item without lifting a finger. Google software engineer Kibeon Kim said the new features will roll out over the next few days.

Google unveiled Chrome in 2008 and expanded the browser to Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS last year. Chrome for mobile touts many of the same features as its desktop counterpart, and it enables users to port bookmarks and saved tabs from PCs to smartphones and tablets.

Earlier this year Google launched Blink, an open-source rendering engine spinning out of WebKit, the engine powering Chrome as well as Apple's Safari browser. Google and Apple collaborated on WebKit for years, with each contributing to the same open-source codebase. With the decision to fork WebKit into Blink, that cooperation is over: Google and Apple are now working separately to introduce new browser features and enhancements.

For more:
- read this Google Chrome Blog post

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