It was a bit of a surprise that Chrome didn’t make an appearance on Android sooner. Google released a version of its high speed browser for Android earlier in the year and it came out of beta at the end of June. It was an optional extra in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but with the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Chrome became the default browser. The first device to ship with Chrome pre-installed was the Nexus 7.
Yesterday we learned that Motorola’s new Razr family, the Motorola Droid Razr HD, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD, and the Motorola Droid Razr M would ship with Chrome pre-installed. That makes them the first devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to have Chrome as the default browser, although the Motorola CEO, Dennis Woodside, was quick to point out that they would all be running Jelly Bean by the end of the year.
Chrome is one of the fastest browsers around and it’s certainly one of the best Android browsers, if not the best. The tie in with your desktop Chrome for sharing bookmarks and the ability to sync tabs is awesome. The focus with Chrome is on speed and it has a slick, streamlined interface. As great as the browser is, there are two obvious problems for Android fans.
Firstly, you need to be running Android 4 or above to use Chrome, so right now that’s about 22 percent of Android device owners. Secondly, Chrome for Android doesn’t support Flash which can be annoying at times and prompts many people to use a different browser.
What do you think? Do you want Chrome as the default Android browser?
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On my Nexus 7 it is already the default browser (and the only preinstalled browser). I only see very few websites requiring Flash, so I guess it will be no problem…..