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11 April 2012, 16:46

Chrome 19 enters beta and adds synchronised tabs

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Zoom The Other devices menu in Chrome 19 beta
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A beta of version 19 of Chrome, Google's own extended version of the open source WebKit-based Chromium browser, has been released. The new beta, labelled version 19.0.1084.15, now allows users signed into Chrome with their Google Accounts to synchronise their open tabs across all of their other devices. The feature is accessible via the "Other devices" menu on the New Tab page and also works with the company's Chrome for Android beta.

Google publishes Chrome versions in three channels, one for the current stable version, Beta for the next version to be released and Dev for the version coming after that. When a new stable release of Chrome is made, such as the recent release of Chrome 18, the beta and dev channels are usually updated in the following couple of weeks.

The arrival of a beta of Chrome 19 also means that the dev channel has been updated with a developer release of Chrome 20. The new 20.x branch of Chrome includes an updated V8 JavaScript engine (version, enables the Chrome To Mobile page action for compatible registered devices and fixes a number of bugs.

More details about the beta channel release can be found in a post on the Google Chrome Blog and in the change log. Chrome 19.0.1084.15 is available to download from for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and the Chrome Frame plug-in for Internet Explorer; existing beta channel users will be upgraded using the built-in update function. Those testing the release are asked to report any issues they find. The current stable branch of Chrome is version 18 from the end of March.

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