Google’s Chrome web browser runs on a range of platforms including PCs, Chromebooks, and Android and iOS devices. Some features are only available on some platforms, but Google seems to be slowly erasing those lines.

For instance, Google Translate is built into the latest versions of Chrome for Android. And now Chrome for desktop computers is getting support for touchscreen controls.

Google Chrome with Touch

Those gestures include the ability to go back or forward through your browser history by swiping left or right. There’s an option to enable pinch to zoom. And if you’re using a Windows 8 computer you can use the built-in on-screen keyboard even when you’re using Chrome’s desktop user interface.

Right now you can only get access to the new touch-friendly features by downloading the latest Canary build of Chrome, which allows you to test experimental features before they’re widely available. Those features also might still be kind of buggy, so proceed with caution.

But if you want to turn your Windows 8 ultrabook into a sort of Chromebook Pixel (albeit, most likely one with a lower-resolution display), the new experimental builds of Chrome will bring you one step closer.

via The Verge


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