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Chrome for Android to catch up with the desktop version of Chrome in early 2013
Google’s Chrome browser is the best browser on the planet, period. That title used to be held by Mozilla’s Firefox, but man, those engineers really just let themselves go. Now some of you might be wondering, how come the desktop version of Chrome is at version 23 while Chrome for Android is stuck somewhere around version 18? According to Google Chrome’s Google+ page (try saying that three time fast), this will soon no longer be the case. Here’s the exact quote:
“We expect an update to Chrome for Android starting with a developer update to happen before the end of the year, and we’re actively working towards aligning releases across all platforms, including Android, starting early next year.”
This is obviously great news, but why? Let’s take a step back and remind ourselves of how software updates used to work before Android and iOS. If your device was lucky enough to get updated, said update wouldn’t add new features, it would fix bugs. With the rise of smartphones, people started expecting regular updates, but since the browser was part of the core operating system, it only got updated when the whole device got updated.
Think about that for a second. Imagine if you had to wait for Microsoft to release a new version of Windows to get a new version of Internet Explorer. Crazy, right? With Chrome for Android, it’s just another application installed on your phone, which means it’s now able to get updated whenever Google feels like pushes out an update. On the desktop side, Chrome gets bumped up a version number every couple of months. To see that kind of progress come to the phone side in 2013 is not only incredibly welcome, it’s downright revolutionary.
And hey, if you don’t use Chrome for Android because you prefer the stock browser or even Opera … maybe you should consider switching.