Google has rolled out the Chrome for Android Beta to bring features and apps of Chrome to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones or tablets.
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With Chrome for Android, users can scroll through Web pages as quickly as they can flick with their fingers. When searching, the top search results are loaded in the background as a user types so pages appear instantly. Like in the desktop version, both search and navigation can be done from the Chrome omnibox.
Google said Chrome for Android was designed from the ground up for mobile devices.
“We re-imagined 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,” the company said.
Google said one of the biggest pains of mobile browsing is selecting the correct link out of several on a small-screen device. Link Preview, it said, does away with hunting and pecking for links on a Web page by automatically zooming in on links to make selecting the precise one easier.
“And as with Chrome on desktop, we built Chrome for Android with privacy in mind from the beginning, including incognito mode for private browsing and fine-grained privacy options (tap menu icon, ‘Settings,’ and then ‘Privacy’),” the company said.
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In sum, Chrome on Android allows the following:
• View open tabs: Access the tabs you left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome)—picking up exactly where you left off.
• Get smarter suggestions: If you visit a site often on your computer, you’ll also get an auto-complete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.
• Sync bookmarks: Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you’re using.
Chrome is now available in Beta from Android Market, in select countries and languages for phones and tablets with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google said it “looking forward to working closely with the developer community to create a better Web on a platform that defines mobile.”