Google Chrome Beta 45 for Android is the first version of Google’s mobile web browser to support Chrome custom tabs.
What that means for app developers is that if they need to incorporate web content in their apps, they can have more control over how a Chrome browser tab looks when it loads that content. What it means for users is that you might not even notice when an app loads up a web page, because the browser tab might look just like another part of the app itself.
Chrome custom tabs let developers change the toolbar of the Chrome web browser, add entry and exit animations, and add custom actions to the toolbar and overflow menu. Apps can also pre-load Chrome and fetch content before you even ask for it.
Developers can still use WebView instead of Chrome custom tabs. Google says that might be a better solution for developers who are hosting their own content. But if you want to send people to a URL that’s outside your domain, the custom tabs give you more control offer the look and feel of the experience.
Custom tabs also have “shared cookie jar and permissions” so that once you login to a service using a web interface, you should stay logged in.
Other new features in Chrome Beta 45 include updated media playback controls, an updated bookmark interface, and bug fixes and performance improvements.
Don’t want to run beta software on your phone? All of these features should make it to the stable channel of Chrome for Android eventually.
via Chrome Releases