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Google Chrome for Android Beta is available now

February 07, 2012 22:08 PST

The speed and simplicity of Chrome, now on your Android phone and tablet.

Google launched a beta version of Chrome for Android today, bringing popular features from the desktop version to smartphones and tablets.

"Today, we're introducing Chrome for Android Beta, which brings many of the things you’ve come to love about Chrome to your Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone or tablet. Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalized web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices." Google said in a blog post Introducing Chrome for Android.

Want to install Chrome for Android on your smartphone ot tablet? there is a tutorial.

The features of Chrome for Android beta

  • Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  • Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
  • Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
  • Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer
  • Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
  • Browse privately in Incognito mode

The requirements of Chrome for Android beta

  • Android 4.0+, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • In the following countries:
    • United States
    • Canada
    • United Kingdom
    • France
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • Australia
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Brazil

The screenshos of Chrome for Android beta

Screenshot: Google Chrome for Android Beta - 1

Screenshot: Google Chrome for Android Beta - 1

Screenshot: Google Chrome for Android Beta - 2

Screenshot: Google Chrome for Android Beta - 2

The user reviews of Chrome for Android beta

  • Rey on February 8, 2012 (Samsung Galaxy Nexus with version 0.16.4130.199):
    Great for beta. Fast, great so far. People are so dumb, it's beta people give it time. No beta is perfect geesh! Also, adobe said months ago they were discontinuing mobile flash development/ support! Get educated before you comment.
  • Mathias on February 7, 2012 (Version 0.16.4130.199):
    Feels more like an Alpha than a Beta. I love chrome, I use it everyday. Chrome on Android is a step in the right direction, although we are missing some major features. Benchmarking around 75-95k on my Transformer Prime is okay, but no flash support :( no support for ctrl+w and crtl+t on an attachable keyboard. Remote debugging is great feature, and having it synced with your desktop chrome is nice, but we are still missing some core features that should have been implemented first.
  • Geezagame on February 7, 2012 (Samsung Galaxy Nexus with version 0.16.4130.199):
    Excellent. Seems pretty slick so far, loving the way you can slide the screen between tabs. Massive improvement over stock browser on my Galaxy Nexus.


#1  posted on February 07, 2012 23:55 PST
Works excellently on my galaxy nexus 4.0.3. Tabs are awesome, speed is great, UI is beautiful. And its free.

#2  posted on February 07, 2012 23:56 PST
Wow!! Just spent 20min straight opening tabs and going to element heavy pages and it handled it all very well! But by far my wow factor comes from the proximity click pop up bubble! It basically helps avoid having to zoom in anytime you want to click on a link that is very close to another link! When you hit the link you want a bubble pops up showing you both links in very large font so you can select the one you meant to click on! :D

#3  posted on February 08, 2012 00:04 PST
Finally a good browser
The main complaint I had about my Android tablet was that the browsers available were just not good enough. I tried them all and I used to change my default browser every few weeks. In the end, I was using 3 different browsers depending on the kind of site I wanted to visit. I downloaded Chrome a few hours ago and I feel like my search for a browser is finally over. I'm so pleased with it that I took the time to write a review (first time ever)

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