Beta version of Chrome for Android 4.0 released

It's taken a few years but today, Google is finally starting to offer up a version of its Chrome web browser for Android users. Today, the Android Market released a free beta version of Chrome for Android. This first public beta is limited to owners of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices. That includes the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

The YouTube video shows off one of the features of Chrome for Android: the ability to sync up to Chrome on your PC to get the same bookmarks and even view the same browser tabs on the mobile version. You can even send pages from the PC version of Chrome to the Android version and read those pages online or offline.

The developer's page for Chome for Android reveals more about the web browser, including word that it supports opening an unlimited amount of tabs. Google states, "To switch between tabs, flip through them on your phone the way you would fan a deck of cards, or swipe from edge to edge." It also has a feature called Link Preview that allows its users to zoom in on links so they can be sure to click on the right one.

Chrome for Android also has a feature called Find in Page that lets its users search for a specific word on a web page and then see where that word appears on that particular web page. The Incognito mode will allow users to surf the net without having to worry about storing any history files or caches on their mobile device.

There's no word on when Google plans to release Chrome for Android for older Android operating systems.

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smooth3006 said,
Also boat browser is fantastic.

Yep, another vote for boat browser, only wish it has gesture swipe to switch tab.

this is what make me explode with rage. Now your ****ing browser needs 4.0? what the hell?!. My damn phone cant update to that OS and you are releasing this browser to this platform?!. Just one year, nothing but one year ago was released Android 2.2.2. NOTHING BUT ONE YEAR AGO!!. What do you suggest google (or any fanboy)?. Burn my 2 years contract phone and buy a new one and in ONE YEAR I will have to do the same?!. NO!. I WONT FALL IN YOUR TRAP AGAIN!.

ThePitt said,
this is what make me explode with rage. Now your ****ing browser needs 4.0? what the hell?!. My damn phone cant update to that OS and you are releasing this browser to this platform?!. Just one year, nothing but one year ago was released Android 2.2.2. NOTHING BUT ONE YEAR AGO!!. What do you suggest google (or any fanboy)?. Burn my 2 years contract phone and buy a new one and in ONE YEAR I will have to do the same?!. NO!. I WONT FALL IN YOUR TRAP AGAIN!.

Wow, ignorance written all over this post. Chrome is not a feature. It's just another browser. People like me that have Chrome won't get magical powers. IT'S JUST A BROWSER. What did you really want from Chrome? Can you get it from another browser. Are you going to continue be extremely foolish? If so, buy an iPhone with your next contract, one less foolish person to respond to.

Woah there.
You should have learnt that these 24 month contracts are utter rubbish and you're better off buying the phone separately. If this is your second 24 month contract, more fool you. If it's your first, now you're learning the lesson

3dfxman said,
Ok i want ICS for my Galaxy S2 Skyrocket now please lol

You and me both. Got my SGS2 LTE (Roger's version of Skyrocket), still waiting for an official ROM or even CM9!

3dfxman said,
Ok i want ICS for my Galaxy S2 Skyrocket now please lol

It will be months before you will see ICS for your carrier branded phone.

Would want to use it but its only exclusive to ICS.
Perhaps the Chinese will dissect this one and start a new wave of ICS browsers?

iron2000 said,
Would want to use it but its only exclusive to ICS.
Perhaps the Chinese will dissect this one and start a new wave of ICS browsers?

And even then it might not work, shows as incompatible for me. Then again maybe they only marked devices that officially have ICS as compatible... Sigh, the mess that is the Android Market

Not bad at all, I like how you can see the tabs you had open on your PC. Firefox mobile does that too, really handy feature. It's looking good

Brian Miller said,
Is there a Android emulator for the Mac or PC?

Yep, is part of the Android SDK, but it's quite slow (which is obvious considering it has to emulate the ARM architecture).

Boy oh boy, this browser is awesome! And it's about damn time IMO. This is the browser they NEED as stock in ICS (just need to update it to ICS colors).

No real issues yet, testing it out on JoelZ ICS 4.0.3 (ICE) for my EVO 3D right now... much faster than stock, and up to speed as Dolphin HD/Boat Browser!

I'll give it a go
Don't really like having extra apps on my phone that the phone already has (can't be un-installed). They should've replaced the stock "browser" with this as an update. I disabled "browser" anyway.

It kinda doesn't feel like too ICS. Stock Browser is more ICS than Chrome. Anyway, good browser, but freezes on non-complete ICS builds(eg CM9 for S II)

Um....the engine in Chrome for Android and the stock browser is basically the same.....

BTW, incognito is avaliable in CM.

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