Back in 2008 many were sceptical about Google’s decision to launch a web browser to take on the likes of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera, however now it is many people’s browser of choice and may soon overtake Firefox in terms of market share – we can now can confirm that the Chrome for Android Beta has gone live.
Google claim that this browser is built with both speed and simplicity in mind, also as you can sign-in there will be a seamless link between your smartphone / tablet and your computer – this ensures that bookmarks are synced and the autocomplete feature ties in to computer and suggests sites that you visit frequently. One very neat feature will allow you to view the tabs you left open on your computer, so if you leave the house in a rush you can continue from where you left off.
Currently Chrome for Android is only available for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices, you should be able to find it at the Android Market (here’s the link), but remember it is a beta release, therefore don’t be surprised if there’s stability issues or other bugs.
As previously mentioned Google claims that this mobile browser should offer fast and simple browsing on your Android device, apparently it has been designed from the ground up with mobile devices in mind. Tabs seem to be the main focus and we are told that intuitive gestures are supported to easily switch between tabs – this has been likened to flicking through a pack of cards and sounds great to us.
The ability to sign in to your computer’s Chrome profile will ensure that you won’t always have to enter full URLs etc, so that will help with browsing speed as touchscreen QWERTY keyboards can be a pain at times when entering complicated web site addresses. The feature which Google seem to promote the most is ‘Link Preview’, this is pretty self-explanatory as it allows you to see a preview of a link before you go to it, which should ensure that you don’t waste too much time visiting the wrong links. Finally if you want to carry out some private browsing we can confirm that this app boasts incognito mode, simply go into setting and then privacy.
Below we have embedded a video which introduces you to Chrome for Android, have you installed it on your ICS device yet? If so, please let us know how well it runs and whether you’ve experienced any problems in the comments section at the bottom of this page.