Google introduces Chrome for Android

Google introduces Chrome for AndroidGoogle’s Chrome web browser is designed with speed, simplicity and security in mind, and fans of the desktop version will no doubt be pleased to hear that it’s now available - in beta - from the Android Market. Sort of.

As Google tells us on its Official Blog, Chrome for Android is only available for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), and as we heard last week, that currently accounts for just 1% of all Androidians.

If you happen to be among the lucky few with Ice Cream Sandwich, you can look forward to browsing “as quickly as you can flick your finger”. Chrome for Android's tabbed browsing will be super intuitive – “as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands.”

A neat feature is linking with your desktop Chrome. The Android app syncs open tabs, so you can easily pick up on your phone where you left off on your PC or laptop. Nice. Favourites and bookmarks are synced too.

Sounds good. Now all we need is a version of Chrome for Android that’s compatible with the 58% of devices running Gingerbread, or a sudden burst of Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades. Hmm.

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 8, 2012 at 15:09

It doesn't work on my S2 running the latest leaked version of ICS from Samsung :(.

BananaMannn  Feb. 8, 2012 at 16:04

It doesn't work on my S2 running the latest leaked version of ICS from Samsung :(.

Works perfectly for me using a XDA developer created rom on my DHD :P

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 8, 2012 at 16:09

I'm sure it'd work fine on CM9 but I'm just not feeling reflashing my entire ROM just for a beta testing app.

Jakg  Feb. 8, 2012 at 16:16

Works fine on my Xoom, but i'm struggling to see a point when the stock browser does all the same stuff (syncing etc) and works just as well?

Stelph  Feb. 8, 2012 at 17:17

It doesn't work on my S2 running the latest leaked version of ICS from Samsung :(.

Works perfectly for me using a XDA developer created rom on my DHD :P


Im hoping the XDA devs get beevering away and add it to my Advent Vega, looks quite a neat browser

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