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Chrome for Android goes global: adds languages, supported countries, and new features

April 17, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Apps, Google


Chrome for Android has become the best browser app on Android for me. The only shortcoming is that it doesn’t support Adobe Flash, something I use often, so it’s not an exclusive option for me. But if you’re someone who doesn’t care about Flash and have been patiently waiting for Chrome to work outside of the United States, I’ve got good news and better news you might want to hear.

Google announced today that Chrome for Android is now available anywhere with access to Google Play, provided that you have an Android 4.0 phone or tablet. In addition to crossing more borders, the browser now includes 31 languages in case you wish to localize it into your native or local tongue. It’s the latest in a short string of incremental updates that have made Google’s products available in more non-U.S. places.

There’s good news for Americans, too. Google has finally added the ability to change views and and request a desktop version of a website. You can do this by pressing three dots on the Action bar and selecting “Request desktop site.”

Other new features include:

  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.
  • Complex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) text support in rendered pages
  • Enable old-style YouTube embed content to be played via native YouTube app
  • Support for country-specific suggested search engines.

Download Chrome for Android from Google Play. An Android 4.0 device is required to use it.