Concept: Google Chrome browser on Windows Phone

Yanko Andreev over ar 1800PocketPC has done some amazing renderings of what he thinks Chrome for Windows Phone should look like. As you may already know, there are no real 3rd party browsers in the Windows Phone Store, and that's because the current SDK doesn't support it. But with Windows Phone 8 launching at the end of this month that might change and popular browsers like Opera and Chrome might start appearing. 

As you can see in the renderings Andreev has thought of everything including syncing between desktop and phone clients, different behavior for the browser depending on your screen resolution, and even an "Open with" feature, that would allow you to set default programs for different scenarios. Unfortunately this feature is probably not going to be Windows Phone 8, but hey, here's hoping it will.

If you want to see a few more pictures and some info behind the design process be sure to check out the original article at the source link below. And if by any chance you prefer the Opera browser, well you're in luck because the artist said he would be doing an Opera concept next week.

Source & Images: 1800PocketPC.com

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iwillneverstop said,
I would never put Google Chrome on my gadgets.

But will you put Google Gadgets on your chrome?

Of course, just what WP7 is missing, a less secure, slower, buggy browser...

(WP7's IE9 can literally run some HTML5 sites faster than Chrome on a i5 Desktop, and people want to run it on their phone?)

As you may already know, there are no real 3rd party browsers in the Windows Phone Store, and that's because the current SDK doesn't support it.

It is actually possible to build an alternative browser and rendering engine in c#. But of course it doesn't run as fast as native code.

And Nokia actually created Nokia xpress which is a web browser based on a two years old version of gecko. Think of it as a Firefox 3.5 mobile, but it really sucks. Very poor standards support, many things are broken.

link8506 said,

It is actually possible to build an alternative browser and rendering engine in c#. But of course it doesn't run as fast as native code.

And Nokia actually created Nokia xpress which is a web browser based on a two years old version of gecko. Think of it as a Firefox 3.5 mobile, but it really sucks. Very poor standards support, many things are broken.

There are examples of C# code that runs as fast as native code. This is especially true when the developer is doing a lot of overhead work of self managing the code for stability/security that C# automatically offers.

Example: There are a few pieces of DirectX9 going back in 2005 that is using managed C# code, because it is faster when ensuring the stability needed.

So C# is not always a 'slower' option, and it is sad that so many developers still have this belief system and avoid the more modern language.

The .NET CLR is a lot like NT itself. The OS model of NT was slower by being object based and having extra layers; however, this 'overhead' hit a point when it became a speed advantage due to the complexity of hardware and software requiring the work that NT was already doing inherently. This is true of software design, as more developers are dealing with security and stability using C# and .NET is often faster for casual developers because it is already dealing with the inherent complexity that is a part of software development today.

In very generic terms, think of a simple loop. Once it runs through the first iteration and is translated, the C# and C++ code will be identical machine code running.

Looks really ugly. They don't follow Metro principles. Would look like **** on Windows Phone. Don't take an Android UI and expect to blindly move it over to a different platform.

ffMathy said,
Looks really ugly. They don't follow Metro principles. Would look like **** on Windows Phone. Don't take an Android UI and expect to blindly move it over to a different platform.

Actually it looks very WP IE-like. Nowhere close to Chrome phone UI.

... Why take bits and pieces of Google Now, and mash it with Chrome for Android? Ugh.

Anyways, I don't think it's too far-fetched to think this will happen sooner or later. I'm better on the sooner.

Dot Matrix said,
If I wanted Google spying on me, I would have simply bought an Android.

Perfectly happy for Microsoft to then?

All of the big 3 spy on you in various ways.

InsaneNutter said,

Perfectly happy for Microsoft to then?

All of the big 3 spy on you in various ways.


I think that these days, Microsoft is more honest than Google.

Brody McKee said,

I think that these days, Microsoft is more honest than Google.

What makes you think that?

I use services / products from both and cant really say i would trust one more than the other. Each has pro's and cons to me.

InsaneNutter said,

Perfectly happy for Microsoft to then?

All of the big 3 spy on you in various ways.

Yes but Microsoft definitely collect less data. They also put users first with things like Do Not Track being turned on by default in IE10.

Google are a company that makes a lot of their money from ads, they will obviously collect more data than pretty much anyone else.

NoClipMode said,

Yes but Microsoft definitely collect less data.

How do you know? What a company claims and what a company does are two entirely different things.

NoClipMode said,
They also put users first with things like Do Not Track being turned on by default in IE10.

Research what DNT is and does (or rather, doesn't do). Microsoft are simply using it as a cheap Apple-esque marketing ploy to convince the gullible that they actually give a monkeys about their privacy. DNT is a shaky concept at best, and one that Microsoft's "putting users first" has entirely killed before it has even got off the ground.

Brody McKee said,
I think that these days, Microsoft is more honest than Google.

Out of curiosity, what makes you think that? Granted, Google do collect data, but they make very clear that they do. Google are just as honest as the rest. They have to be, otherwise they'd go out of business overnight.

Also, who else has something like this: http://www.dataliberation.org/

Simon- said,
Oh the pain that Microsoft fanatics must be going through. What's next? Google Chrome on Windows?

Last time I showed IE9 mobile to an android user, he was so impressed by the performance that he asked me how to install it on his android phone.

We're perfectly fine with IE9. We don't need a poor browser with software rendering

link8506 said,

Last time I showed IE9 mobile to an android user, he was so impressed by the performance that he asked me how to install it on his android phone.

We're perfectly fine with IE9. We don't need a poor browser with software rendering


Your're right, Browser competition is such a terrible thing. If only all these people could see that IE6 was a magnificent browser, where tabbed browsing is irrelevant when you can use the far superior Windows XP taskbar grouping

Simon- said,

Your're right, Browser competition is such a terrible thing. If only all these people could see that IE6 was a magnificent browser, where tabbed browsing is irrelevant when you can use the far superior Windows XP taskbar grouping

There was no need for tabbed browsing back then as people weren't running a billion applications and the taskbar functioned as a tabbar.
Also if Mozilla, Opera and Sun wouldn't cry rivers at W3, the Internet wouldnt've been in such a long stand still.

Gornot said,
Google on a Windows Phone: the ultimate blasphemy xD

So does that mean Internet Explorer on a any device other than Windows is just stupid?

WalterEgo404 said,

So does that mean Internet Explorer on a any device other than Windows is just stupid?

is there IE on any other device than Windows?

Renvy said,

yes on mac and linux


What the heck are you smoking? MSIE for Mac was discontinued several years ago.
As for Linux, it has never been officially available on there. At a stretch, Linux users
might be able to install IE6 or 7 using WINE, but that's about it.

DJGM said,

What the heck are you smoking? MSIE for Mac was discontinued several years ago.
As for Linux, it has never been officially available on there. At a stretch, Linux users
might be able to install IE6 or 7 using WINE, but that's about it.

There was a version of IE5 for Unix.
Discontinued too.

link8506 said,

There was a version of IE5 for Unix.
Discontinued too.


IIRC ... that was for the Solaris variant of UNIX. IE has never officially been available on Linux.

morden said,

is there IE on any other device than Windows?


Are you comparing most hated browser IE with the most beloved one Chrome? I love to see Chrome on windows Phone. the only thing I don't like about my WP is IE

WalterEgo404 said,
So does that mean Internet Explorer on a any device other than Windows is just stupid?

Microsoft seems to think so.

.Neo said,

Microsoft seems to think so.

Hence why I prefer Chrome. It syncs with my iPad, Windows 7 computers, Android Phone, iPhone and Nexus 7. It just makes sense.