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Chrome for Android Hits 26, Adds Sync Features

Following on from last week’s Chrome for desktop update to version 26, Chrome for Android receives the latest update.

This release includes new syncing options and performance improvements.

Version 26.0.1410.58 has now been released for Android devices. This release includes new Chrome Sync options. Passwords and Auto-complete will now be included in the sync options, so your saved passwords and auto-complete settings from your desktop should be available on your Android device.

Last month it was reported that Chrome for Android will include a new flag which will compress webpages sent to your device to reduce load times and mobile data usage. A similar feature can be found in Opera and Amazon’s Silk browser. The SPDY flag can be activated from chrome://flags, which will activate this compression feature.


This release includes a bunch of performance and stability improvements.

You can find today’s update in the Google Play Store. You need to running Android 4.0+ to use Chrome.

Google Chrome for Android on Play

  • Either they couldn’t come up with a better name for the flag, or it’s actually just Spdy support.

    SPDY (pronounced speedy)[1] is an open networking protocol developed primarily at Google for transporting web content.[1] As of July 2012, it is an open de facto standard protocol, the group developing SPDY has stated publicly that it is working toward standardization (available as an Internet Draft).[2] The first draft of HTTP 2.0 is using SPDY as the working base for its specification draft and editing.[3] Open source reference implementations of SPDY are available in Chromium[4], Mozilla Firefox[5] and Opera[6]. SPDY is similar to HTTP, with particular goals to reduce web page load latency and improve web security. SPDY achieves reduced latency through compression, multiplexing, and prioritization.[1] The name “SPDY” is a trademark of Google, and is not an acronym.[7]
    — Wikipedia

  • Sal Yanez

    Not seeing the Password sync options. Not even in the Chrome Beta. :(

  • Louis St-Amour

    SPDY already exists and isn’t news. SPDY 3 support mentioned in that flag is experimental. SPDY 3.1 support is already in Chrome 28, which I assume either means SPDY 3 is integrated at that point, or they’re revving the support due to protocol changes. That said, basically only Google uses it — the new stuff, I mean. SPDY 2 is widely deployed by quite a few folks and you don’t need a flag to enable it :-)

    It’s nothing to do with Silk or Opera, it just compresses data transfer from specially configured apps like Google’s.