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Chrome Beta for Android

Posted on 2/07/2012 by A.A.I

Since the days of the G1 people have been wondering why Chrome wasn't the browser offered on Android devices.  And even though the standard android browser has come a long way and is great at what it does.  Chrome on android has still been much anticipated.  I've had a busy day so I personally have only had a few hours to play around with it. But as far as first impressions go; it's excellent!

Before all of you get really excited this app is indeed in beta (like most things launched by google) and is only available devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

  •  Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  •  Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
  •  Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
  •  Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer 
  •  Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
  •  Browse privately in Incognito mode

[images via Androidpolice]

Once you dive into the app itself you'll find that things are very familiar.  As a whole the app is very similar to the desktop version.  The app is smooth and snappy on a phone but understandably the app really shines on a tablet.  The feature I'm liking the most is the ability to sync Chrome on Android with Chrome Desktop and pull every open tab that I have on my computer onto my mobile device.  This is the type of synchronicity that  I've been waiting for.  Chrome to phone has long been an option but having built-in sync of this nature is one of those "little things" that matters in a big way. 

Things aren't perfect however, as is common with a new browser on a mobile device. One of the most desired features happens to be missing from this application.  There is no way to default the browser to load the desktop version of sites instead of the mobile version. Also as some of you may know Adobe is no longer working on Flash.  And I don't have any solid details on if a previous build of flash is implemented in this browser or if everything is running on HTML5 but the few embedded YouTube videos I tried played fine within the browser. 

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