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Chrome for Android gets another update, adds requested features

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Chrome for Android gets another update, adds requested features
It was just over two months ago that Google launched Chrome for Android, and so far it appears they are making good on their promise of frequent updates. The Chrome blog announced another major update today, which includes widespread international availability. Chrome for Android has added support for 31 more languages, and the app is now available everywhere the Google Play Store can be reached.

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

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posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:20 3

1. hung2900 (Posts: 771; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


The last thing I need is Flash!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:49 1

3. cybervlad81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


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.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:59 1

8. cybervlad81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


Oops, seems the issue was fixed in this version, Apk's are properly downloaded now.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:30 1

19. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Me 2....
So ICS has no flash.... I don't see the point
Upgrading ti ICS!?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:28 1

2. the_s2 (Posts: 205; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Buttery smooth!! I prefer firefox on desktop and chrome on phone!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:50 1

4. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


when are you googliers going to push a windows google plus app dammit

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:52 1

5. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


wait so now is chrome available on all android phones?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:55 2

7. md227a (Posts: 121; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


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.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 14:19 1

10. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


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.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:03 1

12. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


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.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:19 1

14. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Same here,my galaxy s2 got ics last week,chrome browser is really really fast,it was the first new app i tried!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:55 4

6. iPAPiNYC (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


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.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:06 1

13. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


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.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:28 1

18. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


DI'd u get banned papinyc.... A new
Name....

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 14:13 1

9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 963; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I'll have to wait till I can upgrade out of my current phone (inspire 4G) to use Chrome. Im looking forward to it

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 14:58 3

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5543; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i love Chrome but i miss Flash. )':

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 16:37 2

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


try stock browser for flash sites *-*

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:28 1

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5543; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it doesn't work with the ICS leak.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:34 1

22. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


O yea true, I forgot about that....

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:32

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Chrome and Dolphin are same, but dolphin
Has more tab selection with 30 add-ons.... Chrome
Dosnt.....?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 19:13 1

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


chrome is much faster (for me) plus has many tweaks related with desktop chrome

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 16:40 1

16. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


All it needs now is the ability to run on sub-4.0 devices...

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 20:14

29. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


That will never happen - Chrome for Android is coded for Android 4.0+ to achieve that buttery smoothness that people like.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:31 1

20. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


More improvements over speed and stabilization on my ICS tablet

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:37 1

23. sunzhine337 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)


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.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 18:09 1

24. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Chrome is hands down my favorite browser. I was glad to finally see it on the play store.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 18:37 1

25. Toad222 (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Opera is boss

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 19:34 1

27. 0o0blackstar0o0 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


some reason i cant find the download is it because i'm in Australia ?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 19:55 1

28. GENARAL.LEVY (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


Ics and chrome.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 03:15

30. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I switch between Chrome and Stock ICS Browser.

Dolphin HD is my p0rn browser

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 09:57

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5543; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


YOUR browser is my p0rn browser. ;)

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