A new build is available for Chrome Beta users, moving the beta app’s version to 27.0.1453.49. Those that have stuck with the stable version of Chrome might be persuaded to come over to the dark side thanks to the latest awesome feature: fullscreen mode.
Upon scrolling down a webpage, Chrome’s toolbar will now completely disappear, giving a boost to the precious screen real estate that web page content can use. If a a web address needs to be typed in or the menu needs to be accessed, scrolling up will quickly restore the toolbar. This feature is currently for phones only.
Tablets get their own exclusive feature as well. Holding the browser back button will reveal a drop down area, with previously viewed tabs displayed in a vertical list. Viewing tab history doesn’t get any easier.
All devices also receive a new and improved search function. Now when a search term is entered into the omnibox (address bar), it will stay in the omnibox — instead of being replaced with a web address upon searching. This not only makes it easier to go back and edit search terms, but it eliminates the need for displaying a search box within the webpage, allowing more search results to be seen on the page.
Client-side certificate support was added to this release as well, allowing access to sites that require the use of a certificate. Users are given the option to select their desired certificate from any that are currently installed.
Expected bugs with this beta build include some lag and page flicker, as well as duplicate history items. If you don’t already have Chrome Beta installed, follow the link at the top. Full release notes can be found below.