Chrome for Android gets another update, adds requested features
The list of new features includes:
- You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
- You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
- Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
- Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.
Requesting the desktop version of a website was high on a lot of peoples’ lists, and frankly we were surprised the app launched without this ability. Perhaps that’s why it’s technically a beta product. Regardless, prayers have been answered and now you can select “Request Desktop Site” from the options menu. It is also nice that Chrome now lets you choose what app you want to use to launch a link – it’s one of the default behaviors in Android, and that flexibility is now available in Chrome.
While all of this mobile browsing goodness is now available world-wide, it’s still only for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users. It’s going to stay that way – Chrome for Android makes use of ICS-specific APIs, but it’s one more reason why carriers and OEMs need to work to get ICS updates to as many people as possible. If you are one of the lucky ones on Android 4.0, you can click on the market link below to download the latest version
source: Chrome Blog, Play Store link
3. cybervlad81 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:49 1 0
I have not really missed flash at all. Only issue I have with the chrome browser is side loading apk's. It seems to download my apk I have hosted on my intranet as a zip, have not bothered to really look into it, I'm sure there is probably a way around it, but it has just become second nature to e-mail the apk to my self instead of grabbing from my page link, now. If I download the APK on my desktop chrome browser it does the same thing.
8. cybervlad81 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:59 1 0
Oops, seems the issue was fixed in this version, Apk's are properly downloaded now.
19. TROLL posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:30 1 0
So ICS has no flash.... I don't see the point
Upgrading ti ICS!?
2. the_s2 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:28 1 0
Buttery smooth!! I prefer firefox on desktop and chrome on phone!
4. tward291 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:50 1 0
when are you googliers going to push a windows google plus app dammit
5. gp284 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:52 1 0
wait so now is chrome available on all android phones?
7. md227a posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:55 2 0
only if you are on a phone running ICS android 4.0
I have it on my Galaxy S2 and it is one of the best mobile browsers out there.
10. Non_Sequitur posted on 17 Apr 2012, 14:19 1 0
I'm scared to update my Galaxy S2 when it comes out in the US. I heard there was connection, app, and major battery life problems. Have you had any problems?
Thanks in advance.
12. gp284 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:03 1 0
crap. I have the samsung stratosphere and no ICS in sight. Although my cousin has the S2 and i hate it because she doesnt realize how good of a phone it is and thinks its a crap phone. It drives me crazy though because the reasons she hates it is that she thinks it cant do things that it actually can do. but hopefully they will update the samsung galaxy tab soon and then i can try it out.
14. andro. posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:19 1 0
Same here,my galaxy s2 got ics last week,chrome browser is really really fast,it was the first new app i tried!
6. iPAPiNYC (banned) posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:55 4 0
This is a win-win situation for all Android end-users. Imagine: the ability to request the FULL "Desktop" versions of all websites without having to launch Skyline. I know that for some browsers, through a combination of clever marketing and an ill-informed consumer base, not having a "FULL" browsing experience is just as normal as grazing on a good vegetarian lunch but, a "FULL" browser should be a foregone conclusion on Android.
13. gp284 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:06 1 0
on dophin browser you can download a add-on that lets you request the full desktop version. but on most website there is a button that you can click that brings you to the full site.
9. Jeradiah3 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 14:13 1 0
I'll have to wait till I can upgrade out of my current phone (inspire 4G) to use Chrome. Im looking forward to it
21. TROLL posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:32 0 0
Chrome and Dolphin are same, but dolphin
Has more tab selection with 30 add-ons.... Chrome
26. protozeloz posted on 17 Apr 2012, 19:13 1 0
chrome is much faster (for me) plus has many tweaks related with desktop chrome
16. codymws posted on 17 Apr 2012, 16:40 1 0
All it needs now is the ability to run on sub-4.0 devices...
29. Scott_H posted on 17 Apr 2012, 20:14 0 0
That will never happen - Chrome for Android is coded for Android 4.0+ to achieve that buttery smoothness that people like.
20. sorcio46 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:31 1 0
More improvements over speed and stabilization on my ICS tablet
23. sunzhine337 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:37 1 0
To most of the above comments; Chrome is based on HTML5 which is the future of Flash support across all platforms including iOS. Due to the demand on the proccessor for the HTML5 interface, it'll require a minimum of 1Ghz Dual Core processor to run effectively.
Any device that is newer without the DCP, for example the Samsung Stratosphere, will not be getting ICS nor have the support for the new Chrome Browser.
Leaked ICS Candidates do not have a Software Version number and hence do not coorispond to the Marketplace as actual ICS software. I have the HTC Rezound with the ICS Candidate on it and connot use Chrome Browser nor Hulu+, both designed to be used on the kind of hardware my device packs.
Most of us who are too eager for these updates need not get ahead of ourselves. The time will come for you to get all of the legitimate updates in due time. Except for Single Core Proccessing devices. Your just out of luck.
24. Jonathan41 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 18:09 1 0
Chrome is hands down my favorite browser. I was glad to finally see it on the play store.
27. 0o0blackstar0o0 posted on 17 Apr 2012, 19:34 1 0
some reason i cant find the download is it because i'm in Australia ?
30. bloodline posted on 18 Apr 2012, 03:15 0 0
I switch between Chrome and Stock ICS Browser.
Dolphin HD is my p0rn browser