Google unveils Chrome for Android Beta

7 Feb 2012

Internet giant Google has launched Chrome for Android Beta that will bring the browser to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones or tablets.

Google says Chrome for Android has been designed from the ground up fro mobile devices.

“We reimagined tabs so they fit as naturally on a small screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet,” explained Google vice president Sundar Pichai.

“You can just 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 hand, each one a new window to the web.”

Google says the new mobile browser is focused on speed and simplicity and users will be able to scroll through web pages as quickly as they can flick a finger and as they type results are loaded into the background to appear instantly.

A new Link Preview feature makes it easier to select a correct link out of several on a small screen device, automatically zooming in on links and selecting the precise one easier.

The new mobile browser also features Incognito private browsing which users can activate by finding ‘Privacy’ after clicking on the ‘Settings’ icon.
Other features include the ability to conveniently sync bookmarks and get smarter auto complete suggestions to avoid time spent typing.

As usual Chrome for Android will only be available in “select” countries first – you know, large populations like the US, the UK, France, Germany, etc. But dear readers don’t fret, because damn all people in those countries have an Ice Cream Sandwich operating system yet anyway.

I’m sure as Ice Cream Sandwich debuts on more devices in the coming months the impact of the Chrome for Android browser will start to be felt.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years