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March 16, 2013

Chrome for Android Shows Update Notifications

One of the greatest Chrome features is that it's always up-to-date. You don't have to worry about checking for updates and installing a new version, at least when it comes to the desktop Chrome.

iOS doesn't update apps automatically. The App Store shows notifications when the apps you've installed are updated and you need to install updates manually. Google's Play Store for Android has an option for updating apps automatically, but it's not enabled by default.

The beta version of Chrome for Android started to display an infobar that informs you there's a new version you can install: "Chrome just got better! A new version is available. Update". Sterling, a reader of this blog, noticed the notification when visiting the Chrome Releases blog, but that could be a mere coincidence.

Maybe it would be more useful to ask users to enable automatic updates.

{ Thanks, Sterling. }


  1. I've been seeing this on iOS for a few days as well, both iPad and iPhone.

  2. Wasn't the point of Chrome was that it didn't bug you about notifications?

  3. a pretty old feature

    it is the prompt as mention eg. here in december 2012

    1. or here

    2. i know both links are for iOS but i have seen the notification inside chrome on android a few month ago to.

  4. I have seen the the notification recently on Chrome Beta for Android, although I activated automatic updates, because it requested additional permissions like camera support, which I had to accept first. So the notification is useful, even with automatic updates activated!