Initial Impressions of Google Chrome Beta App for Android
If you’ve caught the Ice Cream Sandwich fever and your device is currently running ICS, then life has just gotten sweeter. One of the most popular web browsers has finally made its way to your Android device in the shape of Chrome Beta for Android. Sounds too good to be true? It gets better.
This release comes with real-time syncing of tabs currently opened on your desktop browser, or any other devices running Chrome with your account in sync, as well as that tabbed browsing we can’t live without.
You can also easily access your bookmarks, enjoy accelerometer-based tilt scrolling, easily switch between tabs by swiping across the edge, and revel in great 3D transition effects when you switch between tabs.
To be able to sync bookmarks across your devices, simply enter your Google credentials and you’re good to go. Syncing is instant–you don’t need to worry about that desktop browser you just closed either. Your Android device can access the latest synced tabs so you can continue your web browsing even when you’re on the go. Unfortunately, as of this writing, reverse-syncing (i.e., device to desktop) is not yet available, but there’s no telling what the future can hold.
Each time you open a new tab, the new window stacks on top of the previously opened one. Now you have a small preview of the page, eliminating that pesky problem of needing to actually click on the tab to remember what it was. You can switch between tabs by swiping left or right from either edge of your screen. If you’re surfing the web through a Wi-Fi connection, you have the option to preload pages, which gives you a faster browsing experience.
Unfortunately, because Chrome for Android is still in its beta stage, there are still a few features missing, such as the quick access controls that are part of the stock ICS browser, the option to select a custom UA string to browse a device-specific version of a website, and support for Flash. Despite the missing functions, Chrome Beta for Android already packs a lot of appeal as a new default mobile browser.
Not only is Chrome Beta exclusive for Androids–it’s also only available (presumably for a while) in certain countries. Head on over to Chrome Beta for Android’s page on the Android Market to check if your country is one of the lucky few. If it is not, you can manually install the APK for Chrome for Android.
Have you tried the newest Chrome Beta for Android? Is it better any than the currently popular browsers for Android?