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'Canary' Chrome lets you test out future browsing features on Android

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Google has made the 'Canary' version of Chrome available to Android users, allowing them to test out future features before their official release.

Previously, what Google calls the "most bleeding edge version of Chrome" was only made available through the Canary channels on Mac and Windows.

But the company has now provided access to the pre-release version of its mobile browser through the Google Play Store.

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In a blog post, the firm states "new versions are built from the most recent code available and often contain a variety of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes".

Of course, those of us who do venture 'down the mine' will almost certainly encounter a number of bugs, with Google warning that the Canary version of the browser "can be unstable and may even stop working entirely for days at a time."

But it's worth giving it a go, as you won't have to uninstall the standard version of Chrome in order to test out the pre-release build; both can run simultaneously.

And while the Canary version of Chrome is intended mainly for developers, there's nothing to stop anyone downloading it and testing out new features before they go live.

Google says new Canary builds will ship every weekday but updated versions may eventually be available on weekends.

It's worth noting, however, that the constant new releases mean the app will consume a decent amount of data downloading the latest versions, so, if you plan on giving Canary a go and you have a data cap, make sure you're not using cellular data to automatically update apps.

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Let us know if you give Canary Chrome a go in the comments.

RaminNoodles86

October 19, 2016, 8:48 am

I'm confused - I downloaded Chrome Beta for my Nexus 6P. I thought that has all the new features coming to Android and Chrome?

RaminNoodles86

October 19, 2016, 8:58 am

Not to worry - answered it myself!

Chrome is available in four builds: the Stable channel is the main public client, the Beta channel has a few bugs but gets new features roughly a month before the Stable build, and the Dev channel is for developers looking to test out the latest features. Then there's the Canary channel, an untested build that gets updated every weekday with the latest codebase as soon as it's built. [credit to androidcentral.com]

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