Since its introduction a bit over a year ago, Chrome for Android has done some good things for Android devices. It's standards-compliant, it supports the same handy tab and bookmark syncing features as its desktop counterparts, and it's continuously updated to stay fresh.
As you can see, the newest Chrome release not only closes the gap between Chrome and the stock browser, but it actually allows Chrome to surpass it in the heavier Octane and Kraken tests. The improvements in benchmarks other than Octane aren't always 25 percent, but they're not too far off. In any case, the new version is consistently speedier than the old one on the same hardware.
Next, we ran the same tests on the Nexus 7 and its 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC. The tablet is runningAndroid 4.2.2, the most recent version. Since the Nexus devices don't include the stock Android browser, we just ran our benchmarks in the old and new versions of Chrome.
The new Chrome for Android update also brought a few other performance-enhancing changes, including improved scrolling smoothness and pinch-to-zoom responsiveness. Additionally, audio playing in Chrome can now continue to play when the browser is running in the background, and the browser features "expanded support for HTML5 features."
Chrome for iOS has also received an update today, although by necessity it is less wide-ranging. Google search terms are now displayed in Chrome's Omnibox rather than below it (see above); pressing and holding the Back button will now display a list of all pages that have been open in that tab; and tapping the Share option in the browser's menu can now send links to the Messages app.