Chrome Beta for Android gets image search and gesture controls

The latest beta version of Chrome for Android gets manifold new features. Chrome Beta for Android version 30 brings universal image search, gesture controls and some under the hood changes. You can search an image through Google from the browser, just like the Desktop version of Chrome. The feature was also available earlier via an extension on the Desktop.


Jianning Ding, Software Engineer & Speedy Searcher for Google noted in a blog post:

With today’s Beta release of Chrome you can quickly discover all sorts of content related to an image by right-clicking on it, or by long pressing it on mobile devices, and selecting the option to search for it within your default search provider.

The gestures work more intuitively than before and try to reduce the accidental tab switching while panning and scrolling through the web pages when browsing. You can swipe horizontally in a strikethrough manner across the top toolbar to switch tabs. This gesture replaces the earlier gesture of swiping from the edge of the screen to switch tabs.


If you need to go into the tab switcher view for quicker access to random tabs, you can drag vertically down from the toolbar to see the tab switcher view. It even allows you to select an item without having to lift the finger by dragging down from the menu to open the open and select the item.

Many of the under-the-hood changes also provide sufficient reasons to upgrade to this release. This includes WebGL in Chrome for Android which helps in rendering interactive 2D and 3D graphics for devices with high-end GPUs. It even brings Media Source Extensions for providing streaming to mobile devices when connectivity is unpredictable and DeviceMotion Events for information about device acceleration and rotation rates in Chrome for Android. You can read more about them in Chromium blog.

You can download Chrome Beta for Android from the Google Play Store.