Google Chrome beta for Android, iOS adds full-screen browsing

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) released new versions of its Chrome browser beta for Android and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, highlighted by full-screen viewing options.

"We've heard your feedback, and now Web pages can display in full-screen on phones, which is especially handy on smaller screens," explained Google Chrome programmers Ted Choc and Eric Noyau. "As you scroll down a Web page and immerse yourself in the content, the top toolbar disappears. When you scroll up, the toolbar returns so you can get on to the next thing."

Chrome beta for Android now presents search terms in the omnibox address bar instead of the long search URL and the in-page Google search box. "This frees up room to view more search results and makes it easier to change your search terms, Choc and Noyau note. "You can also now see your data savings from the experimental data compression feature we introduced in our last Beta update. From this release onwards, go to 'Bandwidth Management' in Settings and enable 'Reduce Data Usage,' and you're all set."

Chrome for iPhone and iPad is also adding wireless printing, a feature rolled out to Android last year. Users can now print boarding passes, coupons or related documents directly from their iOS device via Google Cloud Print or Apple AirPrint; consumers may additionally save documents to Google Cloud Print.

Google introduced Chrome in 2008 and expanded the browser to Android and 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 month, 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 have collaborated on WebKit for years, each contributing to the same open-source codebase. With the decision to fork WebKit into Blink, that cooperation will end: Moving forward, Google and Apple will each work separately to introduce new browser features and enhancements.

For more:
- read this Google Chrome Blog post

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