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Get early access to Chrome’s experimental features on Android

Google's Chrome Dev for Android has been announced, allowing tech fans to gain early access to Chrome's developer features

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Android users are now able to test early versions of Google Chrome via their smartphones and tablets, following an announcement by the Google Chrome team.

Chrome for Android Dev is available right now on the Google Play Store, having been previously available on Linux, ChromeOS, Windows and Mac.

This app will allow users to experience the bleeding edge of Chrome developments, testing out new features before they are rolled out to the general public. This will aid developers to make apps suitable for future versions of Chrome, plus it will be exciting to feel like part of the development process, logging bugs and road-testing updates. On the downside, users will inevitably experience a number of crashes and bugs.

There are four levels – or channels – of Google Chrome. The most experimental, and therefore newest and buggiest, is Canary, followed by Chrome Dev, then Chrome Beta and finally Chrome browser, which is the most stable platform and the one that the majority of users will use. Each channel has creases ironed out thanks to early adopters and testers.

Are you likely to download Google Chrome Dev to see what users are likely to see in the coming months? Let us know in the comments below.

Also, if you’re into your hacking, check out the latest issue of Android magazine, which features 50 hacks, apps and ROMs for getting the most out of your device. It’s available in shops and online now.