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Chrome for Android updated, now loads lickity split

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Chrome for Android updated, now loads lickity split
The Google Chrome team has been hard at work, releasing an update to Chrome for Android a scant two weeks after the app was first released to the teaming masses of Android fans. Sadly, the developers failed to include a changelog with the update (seriously, you’d think Google employees would remember to use this popular feature in the market, wouldn’t you??), but on a Galaxy Nexus the updated version of Chrome sees significant speed and smoothness gains. Sundar Pichai wasn't kidding when he said Chrome for Android would get updated frequently!

With noticeable improvements to page loading, pinch to zoom, and manipulating the tabbed “card stack” view, the only downside continues to be device availability. You already know that the technology behind Chrome for Android requires Ice Cream Sandwich to run, but there are reports that the update doesn’t work on some unofficial ICS builds, so the install base may get somewhat smaller with this update.

Finally, one user reported that it was working in Italy, so Android users outside of North America may want to give this a short to see if that is an isolated incident, or if Chrome for Android is rolling out to more international users.

Custom ICS ROM users tread carefully, but everyone else hit up the market link below to get the update.

Chrome for Android updated, now loads lickity split

sources: Android Market, Droid-Life

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posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:45 2

1. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


just installed the update. took only 6 seconds to load phonearenas website... even the annoying popup ad that covers all the articles ;)

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:47 2

2. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


i should note that im on the 4G network with VZW

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 14:41 3

3. Alantef (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


FINE i will download this....i was going without it for some odd reason i cant remember but i love chrome (what i'm using now)....i need to add this (for no reason at all) but the Nexus is still awesome after 4 months!...

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 14:48 2

4. Alantef (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


okay love it....lol...just downloaded it 3 mins ago....replaced the browser icon on home screen

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 15:34

5. frustyak (Posts: 151; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


It's telling me that my Android version isn't supported, that it requires Ice Cream Sandwich, even though my phone is running ICS.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 16:18

7. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


you using a galaxy nexus or a ported rom on a diff phone?

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 15:52

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


works great on virtuous inquisition v3.5 on the htc sensation

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 17:39

8. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


you have got to try Powerbrowser!

I couldn't find it in the Android market, but it's in the Samsung apps...
It's a cloud Chrome OS for Android... You can use the actual desktop Chrome on your phone...
It's not perfect, but works pretty well, you even get cloud storage space for your virtual Chrome OS

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 19:45

9. Stuntman (Posts: 715; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


It still needs a feature that allows me to force the desktop version of a web site.

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