Chrome 31 beta for Android brings home screen shortcuts, search-friendly tabs (updated)

Chrome 31 for Android brings web app shortcuts, faster search in new tabs

Now that Chrome 30 is done and dusted, Google has released Chrome 31 in beta -- and it's a big deal for Android users. The new browser lets users add iOS-like web shortcuts to the home screen, with specially optimized sites launching as full-screen web apps. Version 31 also brings the desktop client's search-focused tabs, and it begins the gradual rollout of a payment autocomplete feature that will spread to other platforms in the near future. Google is even throwing in a search speed boost through server-side code. If you're intrigued by any of the new additions, you'll find both the Android and desktop betas at the source links.

Update: To clarify, Chrome 31 is introducing a simple, direct method to put web shortcuts on the home screen.