In February, Google finally launched a public beta version of its PC-based Chrome web browser for Android devices. However, the beta was strictly for owners of smartphones and tablets running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This week, a new version of Chrome for Android was released on Google Play.
The bad news? The beta is still restricted to Android 4.0 products and Google has not revealed any details on when or even if Chrome will be released for Android 2.3 or 3.0. However, the latest beta version does have a number of much requested features.
The Chrome blog goes over these new additions such as the ability to add web site bookmarks to an Android home screen. You can also choose which apps can be launched when you use Chrome and click on certain links. Chrome for Android also allows users to access full websites rather than be restricted to just the mobile versions of those sites. Finally the new beta version adds support for 31 more languages.
Even with all of these new features, Chrome for Android is very much a beta software product. The official list of known issues is still lengthy and includes problems with scrolling on Facebook pages and showing the wrong font size on websites when moving a device from portrait to landscape viewing mode.
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