February 7, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Many Android users mistakenly think of the standard Android browser as Chrome. It would seem natural that Google’s browser would be on Google’s mobile operating system, but that’s not the case.
This is Google Chrome. Announced a short while ago as a beta application for Android 4.0 devices, Google has finally delivered Chrome actual to mobile devices. The same mission to “make the web better” has been ported over to the smaller screen, and with it comes some of the same benefits.
- Speed – Chrome is faster at loading, scrolling, and browsing pages. Google says that Chrome has accelerated all of those features.
- Search – The Omnibox has gone mobile, meaning users can visit an address or make a search term directly from the address bar. It can also search within a webpage.
- Navigation – Tabs are now unlimited and easily accessed by pressing the button next to the address bar. Users can close or switch to them, and it works fairly well on an Android phone or tablet. There’s a vertical scrolling card view that shows each open tab.
- Sync - Information from Chrome desktop – including bookmarks, open tabs, autocomplete suggestions, and history – will sync if you sign-in with a Google account and choose to enable it.
Most of these features are available in the standard Android browser, but Chrome makes those features more powerful and adds on to what you can do in the process. This is a beta app, so we can expect rapid development before Google starts pushing this more as the browser of choice.
Chrome is available in the Android Market in select countries an languages: (English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Português, ??? and ???). You must have an Android 4.0 device in order for it to work.