Google releases Chrome Beta for Android

Google releases Chrome Beta for Android
There have been plenty of rumors, and users have been calling for it for a long time. Well, the time is finally here: Chrome Beta has been released for Android. The browser has some pretty nice features, but one big caveat. The caveat being the one that you never want to hear as an Android user: Chrome Beta is only available on Android 4.0+, which effectively rules out 99% of the ecosystem

Chrome Beta definitely fits in well with the new Ice Cream Sandwich UI. The browser looks great and features the subtle animations that have become standard in Android. Pages render quickly, and overall it feels a lot like the stock ICS browser, just with some added extras. It has the same omnibox and the ability to save pages for offline reading. The extra features come from interacting with your Chrome browser on your desktop. 

Along with syncing your bookmarks and history, Chrome now also syncs open tabs (and the full history of that tab) from desktop to mobile for easy access. You can also send pages from desktop to your phone much like you could with the Chrome to Phone extension, but now there is also the added option of automatically saving the sent page for offline viewing. Additionally, Chrome Beta offers Incognito Mode for private browsing as well as gestures to easily flip between tabs. 

It's about time Android had a proper Chrome browser and with luck it will come to older versions of Android sooner rather than later. If you have an ICS device and want to try it out, Chrome Beta is available for free in the Android Market

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40 Comments

1. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

There is only one phone that has ics right now sooo...

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

One official phone, a bunch of unofficial, as well as a couple tablets. Still, this is a beta, so theoretically beta products get released to a smaller audience. 1% is really really small though...

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

A little too small for a proper beta me thinks. They shoulder released on 3.0+, at least that way the ui would been mostly universal.

11. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I'm guessing that there are specific APIs in 4.0 that they need, otherwise you'd see a broader release.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

indeed is the new API that allows the new fragments

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

1 percent of 250 million devices is still 2.5 million though. :p I know the actual number of ICE devices is way smaller, but they should at least get a few thousand dude/ttes to download it.

12. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

the reason Google says its for ICS users is that they have enable Hardware acceleration in it which is not found on Gingerbread

24. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well hopefully they'll release chrome for other versions in future...gingerbread atleast...for now...I'll install it on my Vibrant...got a excellent ICS rom on it (by neobuddy on xda dev)...Anyone can point me to a decent ICS rom for att galaxys2? been looking for a while now!

2. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Still sweet! I should be getting ICS on my photon at some point, I have started to really like the dolphin hd however so we shall see how they compare...

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Yeah dolphin has become default too, so Im really curious how this stacks up. Hopefully it has a desktop mode.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I tried the stock ICS browser and it beats dolphin with One hand (unless you dig addons) is fast is beautiful allows desktop mode I only miss some of my other tools but with chrome and maybe the extensions we can get that one too :D

14. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Oh cool can't wait to have ics on my galaxy s 2. I don't use extensions much in dolphin, its just my preferred browser because of the tabs and desktop mode. Well there is one extension i use all the time, the wikipedia extension. That should be a must in every browser.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I really like that the new browser syncs my bookmarks but it seems chrome can even sync tabs with my desktop that's quite nice :D hope you get your update fast!

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

31. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Good thanks

38. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Dolphin HD you should try Opera mini it's fast and won't eat up data I wonder if Chrome will work like Opera MIni if not I'll stick with opera mini

5. davidvvassallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

i am trying it right now it is awesome the best browser on android for sure

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

YES I HAVE INCOGNITO MODE!!!

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

LOL yes you do

25. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Muahaha

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

oh man right when I decided to stop testing CM9.... I needed my camera witch is not fully operational yet.... chrome or cam..... decisions decisions

13. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

before flaming google for ICS only, the reason Google says its for ICS users is that they have enable Hardware acceleration in Chrome , which is not found on Gingerbread

17. MATOZ

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

at last! with incognito mode!

20. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

now you can get fappin' anywhere with a cellular or wi-fi signal! ;D

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

damn it! i got excited. now you really need to c'mon Moto. :P

19. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

CANT WAIT FOR MY SGS2 GET OFFICIAL ICS !!! :D

21. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

im just happy that the chrome browser is in the market now we wait a few weeks for a update, that will support more phones not just ICS

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

27. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Just downloaded it for my Xoom and the browser is ok. The layout is really simple and clean, but Flash is not supported yet (beta still). Give it a couple of updates and should be an awesome browser.

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i got it on my sister's Prime and it's the spitting image of Chrome with some ICS here and there. it's a little glitchy though.

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