Google Debuts Chrome Beta for Android

Posted by at 2:36 pm on February 7, 2012

As noted in a post on the Chrome blog, Google has launched the Beta version of its Chrome browser for Android. The company aims for the new browser to become a standard for Android users by focusing on speed and simplicity. It will also endeavour to give customers a more seamless and personalized browsing experience across all of their devices. Some of the innovations being touted by the Chrome Team are:

Speed

You can scroll through web pages as quickly as you can flick your finger. When searching, your top search results are loaded in the background as you type so pages appear instantly.

Simplicity

Chrome for Android is designed from the ground up for mobile devices. Tabs are reimagined so they fit on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet. You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using gestures.

One of the biggest pains of mobile browsing is selecting the correct link out of several on a small-screen device. Link Preview does away with hunting and pecking for links on a web page by automatically zooming in on links to make selecting the precise one easier.

And as with Chrome on desktop, Chrome for Android has privacy in mind from the beginning, including incognito mode for private browsing and fine-grained privacy options (tap menu icon, ‘Settings,’ and then ‘Privacy’).

Sign in

If you sign in to Chrome on your Android device, you can: View open tabs: Access the tabs you left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome)—picking up exactly where you left off.

Get smarter suggestions: If you visit a site often on your computer, you’ll also get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.

Sync bookmarks: Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you’re using.

Chrome is now available in Beta from Android Market, in select countries and languages for phones and tablets with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Video of Chrome for Android

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