Google Chrome browser coming to Android?

Google Chrome browser coming to Android?
According to a post on the Chromium code message board, the Google Chrome browser is heading to Android flavored phones. The Chromium revision log indicates that all of the desktop features that you love on Google Chrome will  be made available on the version for your Android phone. As for when we will actually see the browser become available is unknown. The Google Chrome browser is currently the third most widely used, just behind the second place Firefox browser.

Will Google offer the browser on the Android Market, or will it come as an option to the stock Android browser right out of the box? The app is said to be able to support the Skia 2D graphics library that Google has been hard at work on. As we told you, Google is expected to reveal a major surpsrise on October 11th in conjunction with Samsung, and while that is likely to be the introduction of an Ice Cream Sandwich flavored Android phone like the Google Nexus Prime, perhaps the Mountain View based company will have something else up its sleeve to announce that day.

source: ChorimumCodeReviews via AndroidandMe

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37 Comments

1. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

what major features does desktop google chrome have that android doesnt? not trying to put it down but i dont see a lot of differences besides for obvious size and speed..

3. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well i'd like tabbed browsing like on Honeycomb's browser and i'd like Bookmark syncing and having extensions would be nice too. it'll probably be more like Honeycomb's browser but rebranded as Chrome.

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

okay so chrome is basically just a rebranding... nothing really new...

10. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Where does that sound familar? Oh yes the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S/5. Same thing, just rebranding =)

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

We don't have to go like that, just give him features like instant for example. Or the great web performance or the capabilities of web apps to interact with the system via the browser. He probably is asking a fair question

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well not really, chrome has way more web muscle that the stock android browser. And being capable of fully using web apps only aviable to chrome is a plus, this means the chromium project and android project may become one witch is a good thing

24. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Listen iTard I'm sure there will be some new functionality to the browser that isn't currently offered by the present because Android actually does implement new things unlike Apple which hasn't brought anything new to the market lately. Oh and not to mention at least with Android one actually has the option of what browser one prefers to use, unlike Apple of course where you are at the mercy of what they give you. iTard!!

27. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well a$$hole i wasnt saying anything bad against android… i asked what the new features were, specifically stating i wasnt trying to make android seem bad… i guess u r just to ignorant and stupid to see that… and protozeloz actually answered it like a mature person unlike u people who think this is an apple vs android war… and have u eer had an iphone? i doubt it becuase there are plenty of browsers in the app store.. even with flash… and apple has greatly greatly improved the safari browser and ios 5 will make even greater imrovements… let me spell it out to u: I AM NOT COMPARING APPPLE AND ANDROID… i am simply showing u so please dont go of on an argument…

29. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

People must learn the difference between a troll Comment and a simple question, probably you don't know what stuff could chrome bring to Android and like safari and iexplorer be a mobile version of the browser, no one actually knows if it's just a change in the name, so no one can say what you said was wrong because even with rumored features we don't know how much like the desktop version this browser will be. Also thump3r was the one that used the word rebranding

34. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha exactly… i dont use chrome or the android browser so its not like i wud know… and ya i know! thats why i said it…

35. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

uh...i'm sorry? xD

38. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

LOL its ok

8. AppleFUD unregistered

It actually works. Seriously, the Android browser just doesn't cut it with non-mobile web pages (web apps). You will be able to use all Google web apps without necessarily having an "app" to repackage them, and not only Google's but other major web apps. A tablet with Chrome on it would be great!!!

2. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, i'm thinking this is an ICS thing.

7. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

It will probably showcase on ICS but I'm hoping it goes to the Android Market like Gmail, YouTube, Google Music, etc. so that it can stay up to date with new features and improvements across multiple phones easier and faster.

9. AppleFUD unregistered

I doubt it. It seems more plausible that it's a SoC thing. Mobile chips are now at the point where they can handle a desktop browser however, all Android devices running ICS will not necessarily be able to handle Chrome. So, it may be pre-packed with the OS on certain devices but I would think that it most certainly would be a downloadable app.

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well they're not just dumping the full desktop version of Chrome into Android. i'm sure there will be concessions. besides even weaker Laptops can run Chrome.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Chrome is really light, it need arm support but google has being working on that. Supposedly chrome as we know may run on a smartphone chipset, maybe will see an atrix like device that has chromium and android and easily changes functionality depending on the dock its plugged Or I'm dreaming really good in here

4. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I'd like it, I'd also like a standard option for the Browser to be read as a desktop rowser, my phone has as much processing power as my old computer and that could load flash and stuff with ease. I'd like the option of choosing between mobile view and desktop, without having to use a third party browser.

33. Rrrracer unregistered

IIRC you can type in "about:debug" in the stock browser's address bar, then go to browser settings and viola, you will have the opportunity to change your user agent to Linux of Mac desktop (amongst others).

5. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

whoo i use chrome on my netbook and laptop, and it's AWESOME! can't wait to try it on :D

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Chrome is one of the Things that supports my idea that google will iron the os to compete strongly with the others, hopefully ics beats records for being among the fastest os's and delivers updates to previous handsets in a considerable time

16. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

haha we all hope so! on my 1.6 ghz atom in my netbook, IE is too heavy, that's why i use chrome. my dell vostro runs all browsers just fine though. i hope it comes to the SII... i use dolphin HD, but i like using stock software so.. yeah.. let's hope :D

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Dolphin is really good, but my hopes is that chrome will top it.

19. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, i like Google's new services like Google Music but until it's the default service on my phone i probably won't use it. i don't like the conflicts.

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i havent had a single conflict with google music yet. ive removed all music from my phone and just have it sync. Every once and a while it will be weird and play the same song over n over even if its set on random for the whole list, but thats about it. I think its a google music bug, not an app bug, as it does it on the computer to every once in a while.

28. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

on my phone when the screen is locked and the phone is playing music i'll get these nice controls on my lockscreen i'll use quite often when i'm working out or doing dishes and when i use Google Music it doesn't bring that up.

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I know, I love being capable of changing songs on the lockscreen *sadface* since mspot seemed to have lowered the quality on some of my songs I have to use music but lucky I have lockscreen widget app

31. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well i like the Droid 3's lock screen, it has a nice set of controls for music when it's playing. i hope Google Music becomes the default music player in the ICS update because Motorola pretty much just uses the stock Android Music player on their Droid phones.

37. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

someone is working on an app to change tracks using the volume keys (like CM) so I'm looking forward to that :D

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