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Chrome for Android could leave Beta in a matter of weeks

April 25, 2012

Those of you running Ice Cream Sandwich on any device are most likely aware of a mobile optimized version of Google Chrome being available in the Play Store. Well since it’s launch, the product has had a Beta tag next to it, which may soon be removed, according to a CNET report.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps gave off this impression in an interview on Monday.

Chrome’s latest update added a few much-needed new tricks to the browsers repertoire, including the ability to view desktop versions of sites that try to push you mobile versions, and the ability to add bookmarks to the applications home screen. Speaking about this update, Pichai said:

“We launched beta 2. We addressed a few things. Mainly right now, I’m driven by bug quality and stability. We are triaging, tracking, and trying to make it very stable. It is in a matter of weeks.”

Though Chrome for Android has been well received by the audience, unfortunately that audience remains a minority of Ice Cream Sandwich users, in contrast to the masses of users running Gingerbread and older Android versions. Google has given no word on whether it intends to backport Chrome, so these older devices can enjoy it too. However, this seems less likely as time passes, especially now, when Chrome for Android is about to shed its beta tag.