Google Chrome for Android ICS Leaves Beta
Google announced today that the Google Chrome for Android browser left beta today.
This first stable version of the mobile browser for Android will show up in the Google Play Store for users of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above only. In other words the majority of Android users can’t download it at this time.
Google has included, in this latest release, “important stability and performance fixes” and “minor UI adjustments”. The UI adjustments focus primarily on making the browser tablet friendly.
Those downloading the browser can check out known issues to learn if there’s anything that might warrant waiting to make the move to Google’s Chrome Browser.
To get the new release, visit the Google Play Store on your device. As I said above, users not yet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will not get to enjoy the Chrome Browser. If that doesn’t mean your device, then check out what Google says about the release:
- Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.
- Browse faster with accelerated page loading, scrolling and zooming.
Simple, intuitive experience
- Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your phone, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On your tablet, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.
- Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet. Pick up right where you left off.
- Send pages from Chrome on your computer to Chrome on your phone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even when you’re offline.
- Browse privately in Incognito mode.
It’s unclear when or if Google will make available for those Android users not running Android 4.0 or Android 4.1.