Google Chrome for Android for all (sort of)

Google Chrome for Android for all (sort of)Back in February, Google fiiinally introduced a bloomin’ Chrome app for its Android OS. Well, sort of. I’ll get to that in a minute.

Now we’re hearing that, two months later, Google has made the mobile version of its Chrome browser available for, like, more people and stuff. Huzzah!

When the app first dropped a couple of months ago, it arrived in beta form. Er, which is still the case. And it was only available to the slither of Android users on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Er, also still the case.

However, the good news is that the Beta version of Google Chrome – free to download, incidentally – is now available across all Google Play marketplaces, and in 32 languages. Sacrebleu!

One of the features I quite like is the ability to sync your mobile Chrome browser with the desktop version, so you can see the tabs you left open on your home computer machine. Nice.

Other Google Chrome features include accelerated browsing, unlimited tabs and private browsing in Incognito mode.

Good stuff. Now all I need is a smartphone with Ice Cream Sandwich. Sigh.

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Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 19:04

Not even available on all phones using ICS tbh.
Does anyone use the chrome browser as their standard desktop one?

teharn  Apr. 18, 2012 at 20:07

Works fine on my HTC One x, had it on there for about a week now.
Use it as my desktop too.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 20:24

Well, Android could really use a better stock browser imho.
I'm amused every time I use an Android device that ironically the worst feature in Google's OS is the crap browser. It's horrific on the One S. Like a 4 year old S60 browser on meth..Fast, unpredictable, inconsistent and crash-happy.

Eljuandango332  Apr. 18, 2012 at 20:59

Probably the best browser on any mobile device.

skmcheung  Apr. 18, 2012 at 21:16

I've tried Chrome using my Galaxy S and it's good - the instantaneous sync with my desktop Chrome was handy at times. But the stock ICS browser (with slim ICS rom 3.3) already syncs my bookmarks to my gmail account - and it plays flash to boot

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 21:23

Probably the best browser on any mobile device.
Which one - Chrome Beta or Android Stock?
And when you say "best on any mobile device", could you elaborate?

What's with the riddles, folks? :p

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 22:54

I like the ICS stock browser tbh

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 23:04

You do? Granted, it's fast. But new tabs, settings etc all very convoluted and random if you ask me. And flash content? Sucks, on the One S and Play and SGS2 I used anyway. Opera Mobile 9 (!) on the HD2 was better imho, and that is saying something.

Come to think of it, Opera Mini and Mobile on Android aren't all that great, either.
(do I sound like I need a mobile break? hmmm...)

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 23:14

I can't use flash content on mine anyway so wouldn't know :) But it's so much better than the gb one.
I don't have a problem with the new tabs, and really like the changing between tabs screen.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 19, 2012 at 00:48

The Chrome browser for Android is great. Who really cares about flash video? Let's face it, flash is the reserve of porn sites nowadays. Pretty much everything else either has an app or HTML5 support (or both).

Speed and stability are everything to me and Chrome manages both incredibly well on both desktop and Android.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 19, 2012 at 10:13

Android ICS is good, but not great. I think iOS browser is better. However, ICS stock is better than Opera or Firefox. There are a lot of sites that work on Opera mini and not on ICS stock and vise versa. Android definitely needs a new browser.
For Desktop I prefer Firefox and IE (some sites only work with IE). In my opinion Chrome is better than IE, but worse than Firefox. I have not tried using Opera long enough to comment on it.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 19, 2012 at 12:35

Android ICS is good, but not great. I think iOS browser is better. However, ICS stock is better than Opera or Firefox. There are a lot of sites that work on Opera mini and not on ICS stock and vise versa. Android definitely needs a new browser.
For Desktop I prefer Firefox and IE (some sites only work with IE). In my opinion Chrome is better than IE, but worse than Firefox. I have not tried using Opera long enough to comment on it.

Pretty much agree with all of that. I noticed a big decline in reliability of Opera's mobile browsers since they stretched resources to get crumbs of the iOS/Android cake. It looked less glam in the 'olden days' but was way more reliable. iOS versions are better than Android versions in my experience.
Opera Desktop is very good, but oddly, I tend to use FF more often - I think certain shortcuts are just more up my alley?
I used Chrome possibly for 20 minutes all in all. I hate it; and though apparently it is very safe against 3rd party intrusions, I do not trust Google ;)

And again, yes: mobile device-wise I feel the competition has led to more more more amd more gimmicky features instead of quality. What a surprise ;)

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 19, 2012 at 14:49

I don't really know how safe Chrome is and don't think all glamor about Chrome being safe relevant at all. You can pretty much block anything you want with Windows User Account Control. If you get admin pop up when you don't expect it you should think twice before clicking yes.

Most important thing that I don't like about IE and Chrome is their ActiveX support. Chrome, same to IE, allows you to install addons that integrate into Windows (Ask Toolbar). It's much harder to do this with Firefox - only Firefox addons are allowed. Worse case you mess up Firefox and not entire PC.

A few nice additions like AdBlock, FlashBlock, pop up blocking work better in Firefox. I still cannot figure out how to block user triggered pop ups in Chrome. In Firefox clicking in on advert opens a new window in background and kills it right away. I would love to have this option in Chrome.

Pondlife  Apr. 19, 2012 at 18:41

I hate the ios browser myself awful awful thing. Course I reread and see it was opera on ios that was commented on and not safari, doh

krogothnx  Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:22

Standard android browser on my gnex is lovely. I wouldnt mind running chrome on it, but i just cant think of any reason to. I have opera mini for when signal isnt very good due to its magical turbo caching whatever but tbh i dont use it much.

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