Chrome for Android reaches version 38, adds new APIs and more Material Design


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Are you still running Chrome version 37? How last month of you! The primary browser for Android has now been bumped up to version 38. If you don't have the update already waiting for you on your phone, you should see it pop up over the next few days.

This update brings with it some relatively minor changes. According to Google's Chrome Releases blog, highlights include:

  • Support for Battery Status and Screen orientation APIs
  • Additional Material Design updates
  • Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements!
  • A fix for the security vulnerability: Content spoofing with scrollbar.

This is yet another example of a Google app getting its final touches in place before the launch of Android L, expected to come within the next few weeks. Google halfway-prepared Chrome with some visual updates to fit in with the new Material Design scheme in its last update, and version 38 continues the effort.

The impact on you: You'll notice a little more visual consistency in Chrome, as the Material Design principles become more thoroughly applied. And the browser might run a little more smoothly, too. It's never a bad idea to have the latest security updates and bug fixes on your mobile browser, even if you don't directly notice them. Primarily, this is an under-the-hood update—it's not as if you'll launch Chrome version 38 and it will suddenly look and feel like a whole new browser.

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