Google Chrome rolls out ‘smart text selection’ feature for Android Oreo users

The feature is coming as part of the Chrome v63 update.

  • Published: December 7, 2017 5:24 PM IST

The smart text selection feature has been around ever since Google launched Android Oreo in August. However, it’s only now that the feature has made its way to Google Chrome. The latest stable version of Google Chrome is now being updated to support it. Smart Text Selection is coming to Google Chrome as part of the v63 update that’s rolling out to the Play Store now, and as long as you’re running Android 8.0 Oreo or above, you will be able to access the feature.

Essentially, smart text selection in Android Oreo is designed to give you quick shortcuts to apps based on the text you highlight. For instance, highlighting an address gives you a shortcut to Google Maps, whereas highlighting a phone number would give you a shortcut to the dialer.

As compared to any of its older operating system versions of Android, Google seems to be paying special attention to Oreo. While the OS was announced with a bunch of significant improvements from its predecessor, Google is now trying to widen its audience. In a Google for India event recently, the tech giant unveiled a slew of new solutions, one of which was an Android Oreo Go edition for low-cost smartphones.

As for Google Chrome, the browser platform has been keeping up with the trends as well. With high definition becoming the way to go, Chrome is reportedly working on adding HDR playback support for its Android app. Essentially, the support means that if you find a video in HDR somewhere on the web, using Google Chrome on Android, you will be able to view it in the high definition, provided your Android device also supports HDR playback. HDR basically amps up the color and contrast significantly compared to standard dynamic range to offer a more realistic picture.

  • Published Date: December 7, 2017 5:24 PM IST