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Android hosts beta release of Chrome browser

by Steven Mostyn - Feb 8 2012, 20:43

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Adding yet more appeal to its mobile operating system, Internet titan Google has this week unveiled its new Chrome web browser application for Android devices.

Described by Google as “your Chrome away from home”, the beta release is available via the official Android Market and arrives as a more familiar and capable alternative to the existing Browser platform.

Boasting many of the features established via the original desktop version of Chrome, the mobile iteration includes tabbed browsing, a private ‘Incognito’ viewing mode, and—would you believe it—support for Adobe Flash.

Aspects of note exclusive to the new app include the ability to open unlimited browser tabs, and also synchronize open tabs and online bookmarks between the Android and desktop PC versions of Chrome. 

“We re-imagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet,” commented Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps, in an official blog post.

“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 hand, each one a new window to the Web,” he added.

Note: Chrome for Android is currently only supported by devices running the Ice Cream Sandwich variant of Android (v4.0).

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