Google introduced Chrome for Android Beta


Today Google introduced Chrome for Android Beta, and if you are one of the 1% running Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a mobile or tablet then this will be replacing your existing browser.

In the press release on googles mobile blog Sundar Pichai, wrote “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.”

This browser has been redesigned from “the ground up” with mobile devices at the forefront of it functionality. The tabs have been customised to fit the typically small screens of phones allowing the user to switch between them using intuitive gestures, “as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web.”

Emphasis has also been a big consideration with Chrome for Android, as these devices tend to have lower specs.  Building in other functionality allowing users to sign in and use features synced from their desktops such bas bookmarks.

Other benefits include overcoming annoying features such as “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”.

These attention to details are one of the main reasons Chrome knocked Firefox of the number two spot last year, and as users begin to move more and more to Smartphone’s chromes uptake will continue to grow as consumers look for compatibility across all their devices.

And of course, both search and navigation can all be done quickly from the Chrome omnibox.

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. We’re eager to hear your feedback. Finally, we look forward to working closely with the developer community to create a better web on a platform that defines mobile.


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