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Google releases Chrome for Android beta for Android 4.0 ICS smartphones, tablets

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday February 07, 2012.

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Today Google made the leap that many have been waiting years for: it finally released a version of Chrome for the Android platform. Chrome for Android Beta is now available for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones and tablets and brings a lot of what Chrome users love on the desktop to their mobile devices.

Google designed Chrome for Android with speed and simplicity in mind - just like its desktop counterpart. Browsing the web is faster than with the native Android browser, and Google's speedy search features are found throughout Chrome. You can have an unlimited number of tabs open, and switching between them is as easy as swiping from one side of the display to the other. Chrome for Android makes selecting links easier by automatically zooming in on them, giving the user a larger target to shoot for. The Incognito Mode from the desktop version of Chrome has also made its way to the mobile version.

In addition to making Chrome for Android speedy and simple, Google also allows users to sign into their Chrome profile from their mobile devices, giving them access to their open tabs and bookmarks that are on the desktop. Chrome for Android will also offer smarter auto-complete suggestions when a user is signed in.

Unfortunately, Chrome for Android Beta is only available for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If you happen to have one of those few devices (Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S), you can head over to the Android Market and download Chrome for Android Beta now. Hopefully, Google will offer it to older versions of Android in the future, so the rest of us can get in on the fun. Take a look at the video below for a closer peek at Chrome for Android Beta.

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