Google’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.