Google Releases Chrome for Android Beta 1
Article by George Norman
On 08 Feb 2012
Just like Microsoft, Google had some excellent news for all the Android users out there. While Microsoft announced the release of OneNote Mobile for Android (digital notebook program that you can get for free from the Android Market here), Google announced the release of the first Beta version of Chrome for Android. But mind you, only for devices running Android 4.0 codename Ice Cream Sandwich.

Chrome for Android Beta 1 (official version number is 0.16.4130.199) is now available for download in the Android Market for free. So if you are a fan of Google’s Chrome web browser, have an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device, and you want to enjoy an all new browsing experience on your mobile device, go ahead and download the app. Here’s the Android Market link.


You will notice that the Chrome browser on your Android device is linked to the Chrome browser on your desktop computer. What I mean to say by that is that if you sign in, you will be able to access the tabs left open on your computer, get autocomplete suggestions based on the searches you did on your computer, and you will be able to access the same bookmarks you have on your desktop computer. To sum it up, your browsing experience is synced across devices.

Get Chrome for Android Beta 1 and you will notice two other things. You will notice that the browser is quick; you can search, navigate and browse fast. And you will notice that the browser is very easy to use. As the Chrome Team explained, the Android browser was specifically designed to be easy to use on mobile devices.

“Chrome for Android is designed from the ground up for mobile devices. We reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet. You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web,” explained Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome and Apps.

To get a better idea of what Chrome for Android Beta 1 has to offer, check out the video below.

Tags: Google, Android, Chrome, Chrome for Android, Android Market, Microsoft, OneNote
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