Back in 2008, Google released “Google Chrome” to the public. The web browser features speed, simplicity, security and now its own web market jam packed with games, apps, and extensions. Furthermore, Google Chrome has become so popular that in the past 3 years, it has sped past Safari and Firefox into second place in the web browser market share only second to the quickly failing Internet Explorer. Finally, in late 2010, Google distributed around 60,000 Cr-48’s (Chromebooks) that were run completely in Chrome OS (A modified Google Chrome).
It was only a matter of time before Google Chrome reached the mobile market, and today, February 7, Google introduced Chrome Beta for Android.
Chrome Beta for Android is very much like the Chrome you have on your computer. More specifically, Chrome Beta follows the cool three S’s.
Chrome has always been known for its blazing fast web browsing capabilities. Furthermore, the Android version of Chrome will be carrying along “omnibox”. Omnibox is a term used to describe Chrome’s custom address bar. It combines bookmarks, browsing history, url’s, search terms, apps, and more all into the same bar. Furthermore, Chrome for Android will be packing instant search terms and the ability to preload webpages. While I was testing out the app on my Galaxy Nexus, Chrome shoots out results before I could even finish typing. In addition, compared to the stock browser, Chrome most definitely loads webpages quicker.
The second you open Chrome, you can tell that the content dominates the screen. Omnibox only takes up about a 1/4″ of the screen. Furthermore, if your familiar with Chrome, you know that above the omnibox is all of your open tabs. Google knows that you want to maximize your screen and has taken the standard tab system away. In place is a very cool swiping feature that is similar to a deck of cards. The gestures are subtle, fast, and work with an unlimited amount of tabs.
As in the majority of Google’s other products, they push the capability to sync your “personalized Chrome experience” between your computer Android phone and/or tablet. Upon signing in, you can:
- View open tabs: Any tab that you have open on your computer or other Chrome device is automatically pushed to Chrome Beta.
- Get smarter suggestions: Similar to Google Instant, Chrome beta boasts autocomplete so that you can “spend less time typing”.
- Sync bookmarks: Any bookmark saved locally on your Android device, or even on another computer is accessible through your Google account..
Chrome Beta was designed to suit specific screen sizes. Therefore, it is only available on a select number of devices. If your running Android 4.0 or higher, you can download Chrome Beta from the Android Market for free.