Google has introduced a number of long awaited changes to its beta version of Google Chrome for Android smartphones that will begin to be tested before it becomes available on its channel for updating current operating systems.
It comes as Google is hopeful of regaining much of the Android steam it had created last year when the Android market began to see an upsurge in purchases, especially in Europe. But it had slowed after worries that the Chrome browser was not functioning as easily as many had wanted.
It lead to a pseudo crisis for Google, who had been branding its Android push as part of an overall quality assurance that it had been giving in the face of Apple's continued domination of the smartphone market. But Google responded with this announcement as part of its overall plan to help improve the base requirements being demanded upon them by users.
The update will have a litany of new additions to Chrome and the response to the statement has been overwhelmingly positive, with Android users hoping it will continue the evolution of the operating system and make their smartphone browsing experience easier and hassle-free.
The improvement included adding HTML5 subtitles and controls to improve on viewing and streaming video and live content online in full screen.
Users will also have the chance to view video and other material from the device directly to their television set.
Another awaited feature is the ability to regain a closed tab, as you would on your laptop or desktop computer. A warning will pop up just like in your computer browser to make sure you are fully aware you are leaving the page and then users can simply tap an "undo" button to return to the page they had closed.
These new additions are on par for the smartphone industry, which has seen the move from simple mobile phone use little more than a decade ago into a sector where many people are working and doing business on a regular basis through their handheld devices.
The Mountain View-based company in Silicon Valley has long positioned itself as a leader and championed Android technology when Apple was rolling out their first series of iPhones. Many thought that it would be near impossible to get a portion of the smartphone market, but over the years, as Android has advanced and become more user-friendly, the market has slowly turned away from Apple, although the company remains on top currently.