Google’s been hard at work on the Google Chrome browser, adding features like smart malware blocking and factory reset. The new Chrome Beta on desktop and on Android comes with even more abilities, including telling you which tab that sound is coming from and switching tabs more easily.
Chrome Beta on desktops
The new Chrome Beta release for desktops includes a smart ability to find out which tab is being used for that sound coming out of your speakers or to get your image from your webcam. Often, you will have many tabs open and not know which one is making all that noise, but now, you will see a small icon on any tab that is using your speakers, webcam or Chromecast, letting you easily spot and disable it.
For Windows 8 and 8.1 users, the Modern UI of Chrome has been updated to include a new app launcher, much like what you would see on a Chromebook. Incidentally, you really should read James’ great review of the HP Chromebook 11. The update also lets you manage multiple Chrome windows in Modern UI.
Chrome Beta for desktops is a free download.
Chrome Beta on Android
Android users running Chrome Beta can try out a new visual style for the Tab Switcher, which focuses on simplicity and ease of use. This style is also less power-hungry and meant to work on lower-memory KitKat devices, according to developer Francois Beaufort.
“If you want to check it out, enable the chrome://flags/#accessibility-tab-switcher flag on your android phone and you’ll be able to use this new tab switcher,” Beaufort said in a Google+ post.
You can download Chrome Beta for Android from the Play Store for free.