Chrome for Android gets another update, adds requested features
posted by Scott H. / Apr 17, 2012, 1:15 PM
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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The last thing I need is Flash!
posted on Apr 17, 2012, 1:20 PM 3
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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 Apr 17, 2012, 1:49 PM 1
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wait so now is chrome available on all android phones?
posted on Apr 17, 2012, 1:52 PM 1
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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 Apr 17, 2012, 1:55 PM 2
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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 Apr 17, 2012, 3:03 PM 1
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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 Apr 17, 2012, 1:55 PM 4
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i love Chrome but i miss Flash. )':
posted on Apr 17, 2012, 2:58 PM 3
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try stock browser for flash sites *-*
posted on Apr 17, 2012, 4:37 PM 2
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Chrome and Dolphin are same, but dolphin Has more tab selection with 30 add-ons.... Chrome Dosnt.....?
posted on Apr 17, 2012, 5:32 PM 0
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All it needs now is the ability to run on sub-4.0 devices...
posted on Apr 17, 2012, 4:40 PM 1
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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 Apr 17, 2012, 5:37 PM 1
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