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Chrome browser for Android launches on ICS devices

by Steven Williamson on 8 February 2012, 08:56

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Designed from the ground-up for mobile devices, Google has released a beta version of its Chrome browser onto all Android devices carrying the latest version of the operating system.

Users running Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" on smartphones and tablets can unify their mobile and desktop browsing experience with Chrome by signing in on each device and being able to view the same open tabs and synch bookmarks.



Autocomplete also works across both versions of Chrome so if users search for a phrase on their PC it will suggest that phrase when typing into the Chrome bar on their mobile devices.

Google claims that Chrome for Android focuses on “speed and simplicity” with a new tab management interface that it describes as “holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web.”

Chrome for Android also supports private browsing and automatically zooms in on links to make them easily clickable.

Chrome is now available in beta from the Android Market in select countries and languages. Google hasn’t confirmed whether it plans to bring its browser to previous versions of its operating system.


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What's the point in doing it? Andriod 4.0 already has a well developed built-in WebKit browser, with the same V8 JS engine, and chrome sync support, and with flash thrown in for fun, which Andriod Chrome wont have according to Adobe.
Google claims that Chrome for Android focuses on “speed and simplicity” with a new tab management interface that it describes as “holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web.”
Translation perhaps being "we ripped off the UI ideas from webOS" Speaking of webOS, that's actually a nice way to work - think Palm got this one right, shame it's dying. :(
Chrome is now available in beta from the Android Market in select countries and languages. Google hasn’t confirmed whether it plans to bring its browser to previous versions of its operating system.
New browser on older OS releases? Yes please, either that or please Mr Asus get the ICS update out there for the original Transformer. The browser supplied with the Honeycomb version of the OS is darn near unusable for advanced sites like Hexus - I've taken to using Firefox, Dolphin-4-Pad or Opera, all of which are a country mile faster. :mad:
I don't have room for Chrome for Android right now, but the default browser in ICS is excellent. I find full screen mode + the side-of-screen touch menu are a great way of getting around.
Users running Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” on smartphones and tablets can unify their mobile and desktop browsing experience with Chrome by signing in on each device and being able to view the same open tabs and synch bookmarks.

I wonder how well it would cope if I tried to open my current desktop session on it (44 tabs) :juggle:
Nice been looking forward to Chrome on my phone, just need samsung to hurry up and upgrade my phone to Ice Cream Sandwich.