Google Chrome on Android is finally getting this major upgrade

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Android power users will now be able to open more tabs and browse even faster in Chrome (opens in new tab) as Google is now pushing out a 64-bit version of its browser (opens in new tab) to supported smartphones.

While the first 64-bit version of Android was released six years ago, the search giant only began testing a 64-bit version of Chrome for Android in July of last year.

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Now though, Android users whose devices have been updated to Android 10 (opens in new tab) and have at least 8GB of RAM will be able to use the new 64-bit version of Chrome.

64-bit Chrome for Android

As Google has begun rolling out the 64-bit version of Chrome to users whose smartphones meet its requirements, some Android users may actually already be using the updated version of its browser.

You can check to see if your browser has already been updated by opening Chrome and typing “chrome://version” into the browser's address bar. This will bring up a wealth of different information including the build you're running, which Android version you're using and your device data. However, you can easily tell if you're running Chrome 64-bit as the information will be displayed at the top of the list after the version number.

By using the 64-bit version of Chrome, you'll likely experience some performance improvements as a result of better RAM management (opens in new tab).

Going forward, Google plans to only allow developers to upload 64-bit apps to the Google Play Store (opens in new tab) from August of this year and next year, the latest processors from Arm (opens in new tab) will only support 64-bit apps.

Via MSPoweruser (opens in new tab)

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.