Chromium engineer Dirk Pranke says Chrome is about to drop support for all 32-bit Linux distros soon. The open source version of Chrome (Chromium) is not affected. I use Google Chrome on the 32bit netbook for Netflix, and I need to either switch to Firefox or upgrade the netbook.
From the mailing list announcement:
To provide the best experience for the most-used Linux versions, we will end support for Google Chrome on 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in early March, 2016. Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.
We intend to continue supporting the 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium. If you are using Precise, we’d recommend that you to upgrade to Trusty.
You can still use 32-bit Chromium. It is time to retire 7-year old ultra-book, and try modern hardware. What about you? Are you affected by this new change?