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Chrome for Android will soon emerge from beta status

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Chrome for Android will soon emerge from beta status
Google is notorious for their extended beta periods; Gmail was in beta seemingly forever, Google Music spent half a year in beta, and Google Navigation has guided Android owners across 50 billion kilometers of terrain without leaving beta. But it seems that Chrome for Android is not destined to wallow in beta forever, according to a recent statement by Sunday Pichai, Senior VP of Chrome for Google.

Speaking to Cnet on the recent update to Chrome for Android, Pichai said. “We launched beta 2. We addressed a few things. Mainly right now, I'm driven by bug quality and stability. We are triaging, tracking, and trying to make it very stable. It is in a matter of weeks.”

This is a very good thing – the Chrome browser has been updated at breakneck speed since its inception a few short years ago. That Chrome for Android is now seeing a similar pace of innovation shows that the Chrome team is serious about improving the world of mobile browsing over the long haul. The problem of being available only on Android 4.0 devices and higher will resolve itself as time goes on (both by the release of new devices, and the occasional upgrade that manages to trickle out of OEM and carrier approval).

Hopefully Chrome for Windows Phone will be coming around the time Google ships a metro-ized version for Windows 8. We’d like to see Chrome on iOS as well, but apparently the restrictions that Apple places on mobile browsers may not allow Chrome to differentiate itself like it can on other mobile operating systems.

source: Cnet via Phandroid

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posted on 24 Apr 2012, 19:51 6

1. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

Apple's PR response for this, While we would love for iOS to have the Chrome browser we already support many other options that are able to do the same functions; therefore we will deny its request to be placed in our Market... (in other words Chrome will kill safari and give iOS owners some Flash based love)

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 22:12 5

2. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

I wonder if the chrome browser will replace the stock android browser in android. It seems very logical next step since there both google and it could mainstream the chrome browser and get people to want to have the chrome experience on there computers also

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 06:38 1

3. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Does Google even know that their Navagitation app (which is just about on every android phone) is still in beta?
Can they just spend some time with it and finish it up?

I hope Chrome for Android is better than Firefox for Android because FF is soooo slow.
The only thing I like about Firefox is the addons. (for mobile)

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 07:13 1

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

chrome for android is not the default navigation app on every android phone, Heck is not default on ICS, its a separated app

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 10:41

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Hopefully once out of BETA, it'll be available on gingerbread devices too... at least...

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 10:54 1

6. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Senior VP of Chrome for Google is "Sunder Pichai" and NOT Sunday Pichai...

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 20:48

7. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

A browser than only works on ICS and doesn't support the fandroids beloved Flash? Maybe the droid fanboys have finally come to their senses and given up on Flash. Too bad android is so fragmented that after 6 months only 3% of droids have ICS. Fail again Google

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