Back in 2008, Google launched its Google Chrome browser for PC and Mac and it became a real success since millions of web users around the world use Chrome as their primary browser. And also Android, which was also launched back in 2008, came with its own browser. However, while both - Chrome and the Android web browser - shared the Google DNA, Android's web browser wasn't Google Chrome Mobile as it was called in the early days. But today, Google finally announced its official Beta version of Chrome for Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is said to bring many of the things Chrome users came to love about Chrome.
Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so users can take their personalized web browsing experience with them wherever they go.
With Chrome for Android, users can search, navigate and browse fast - Chrome fast. Users can scroll through web pages as quickly as they can flick their finger. When searching, top search results are loaded in the background as typed so pages appear instantly. And of course, both search and navigation can all be done quickly from the Chrome omnibox.
Chrome for Android is designed from the ground up for mobile devices. Google reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet. Users can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if a user is holding a deck of cards in the palm of their hands, each one a new window to the web. One of the biggest pains of mobile browsing is selecting the correct link out of several on a small-screen device. Link Preview does away with hunting and pecking for links on a web page by automatically zooming in on links to make selecting the precise one easier. And as with Chrome on desktop, Google built Chrome for Android with privacy in mind from the beginning, including incognito mode for private browsing and fine-grained privacy options.
Furthermore, users can now bring their personalized Chrome experience with them to an Android phone or tablet. If a user sings in to Chrome on an Android device, they can:
- View Open Tabs: To access the tabs they left open on their computer (also requires Chrome sign-in) - picking up exactly where they left off.
- Smarter Suggestions: If a users often visits a site on your computer, users will also get an auto complete suggestion for it on their mobile devices.
- Bookmarks Sync: Provides conveniently access to favorite sites no matter where a user is or which device they are using.
What Google Chrome for Android isn't supporting at the moment:
- There's no support for Adobe Flash, doesn't matter if it's installed or not. Users will get the typical empty "no plug-in available to display this content" box
- There's no option to switch between mobile and desktop sites but Google Chrome for Android identifies itself as a mobile browser and web sites might deliver the mobile version only.
Chrome is now available in Beta from Android Market, in select countries and languages for phones and tablets with Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich. Google has not yet announced any plans to release Chrome for Android for earlier Android versions, it might depends on the user feedback.
Cheers ~ Arne