When Motorola Mobility launched its Intel powered RAZR i less than 10 days ago there was some raised eyebrows when it was revealed that the new phone didn’t run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and neither could it run the Chrome web browser. This might be cause for concern about any new phone which is released, but considering that Motorola Mobility is owned by Google and, of course, Google is the custodian of Android and the creator of the Chrome web browser, it is almost alarming. Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?

Thankfully Google have been quick to fix at least one of these problems and has announced the availability of Chrome for Android on Intel x86 devices. What this means is that if you have an Intel based device like the ZTE Grand X IN or you plan to get a RAZR i, when it becomes available next month in the UK and some EU countries, then you can also enjoy the benefits of using Chrome rather than the stock Android browser.

The key feature of Chrome for Android is the ability to sync with your desktop version of Chrome. With a single sign in you can sync your open tabs, stored passwords and bookmarks from your computer to your Intel or ARM powered Android phone. You can even send pages from Chrome on your computer to Chrome on your mobile device!

Now that Chrome is available for Intel based Android devices, you might want to consider the RAZR i. It is powered by a 2.0GHz Intel Atom CPU and has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced (960 x 540 resolution) edge-to-edge display with Gorilla Glass. Other features include an 8MP rear camera, NFC, 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n.

In the UK, Virgin is giving away the RAZR i for free with a £23 monthly contract while T-Mobile UK and Orange are looking for a minimum of £31 per month. If you want the phone without a contract then the 8GB version can be pre-ordered from Clove for £342 including a free copy of Norton Mobile Security.

Chrome 18.0.1026311 is available for download on Google Play and from the Google Play Store built into Intel x86 based mobile devices.

Now that Chrome is available for Intel, would you consider getting an Intel powered Android phone or will you stick with ARM powered devices for the foreseeable future? Please leave a comment below!

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.