Chrome Beta updated to v32; Brings Vibration API for web apps

Hot on the heels of the release of the final Chrome 31 build for Android, Google has updated the beta version of Chrome on the Play Store to v32. This new version of Chrome contains quite a lot of bug fixes and features including access to a new Vibration API.


As the name suggests, the Vibration API will allow web apps to vibrate the device for better feedback. Other major changes are as follows -:

  • Application shortcuts: Ability to add shortcuts to home screen is back
  • Vibration API: An API that allows web apps to make devices vibrate
  • 285066: Reenabled canvas anti-aliasing

I am glad that Google is working on Chrome for Android at a break neck speed, but I cannot help but be disappointed in the direction they are going. Chrome’s major issue is that it is a resource hogger, and lags even on the Nexus 5, which has a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

For once, the Chrome team needs to slow down, and look at ways to reduce Chrome’s for Android resource usage and improve its terrible scrolling performance on heavy websites.

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