Google updates Chrome for Android with improved text rendering

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Google is rolling out an update to Chrome for Android, with version 36 improving how text renders on non-mobile sites and returning Doodles to the new tab page.

One of the advantages of Chrome for Android is the option to view a site in its full desktop version, as often mobile sites hide key content. When users select the option on the Action Bar, Chrome will (typically) render a site’s full page instead of the mobile variant.

After receiving the update, I found Chrome 36 improves its performance in this area, with some sites returning better juxtaposition with headlines and article content.


Chrome for Android 36 improves performance when browsing desktop web pages.

Along with the usual assortment of miscellaneous security and bug fixes, Chrome 36 also brings back the famous Google Doodles to the new tab page. Previously the only way to see the day’s doodle was to go to or Google Now.

The update keeps parity with Chrome for the desktop, which also jumped to version 36 this week. According to the company’s Chrome releases blog the update will be rolling out over the next few days.

Below is the official changelog for Chrome 36 from Google Play:

  • Improved text rendering on non-mobile optimized sites.
  • Doodles return to the new tab page.
  • Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements!
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