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Chrome for Android goes international, desktop mode and homescreen bookmarks added

April 18, 2012

Although it was only released in 2008, Google’s Chrome web browser has quickly gained popularity, becoming the second most popular browser nowadays, behind the faltering Internet Explorer, which is very close to overcome. But despite its great success among desktop users, we haven’t seen a  mobile Chrome version for Android geeks until a couple of months back, when finally a Chrome for Android app was made available for download on Android Market (now Google Play).

Only available on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, the Chrome for Android Beta app has still made hundreds of thousands of users happy with its speed and simplicity. However, the browser debuted with several bugs and a couple of shortcomings, which is understandable when you consider that the browser is still in public beta.

Most of those bugs and flaws should now be solved, as an update has just been rolled out on Google Play. The update doesn’t come with anything critical or extremely noteworthy, but you should notice a significant smoother browsing experience, with several  improvements in terms of user friendliness.

You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen in order to get to your favorites sites faster, you can access desktop versions of specific websites if you aren’t satisfied with their mobile versions, and you can choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.

You should also know that the new and improved Chrome for Android Beta now offers support for 31 additional languages and can be downloaded in all countries where Google Play is available.

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As you probably already suspected, the update doesn’t come with Flash support, one of the missing features that many users have complained about. Furthermore, there’s no reason to think that the Chrome for Android browser will support Flash anytime soon, given Google’s commitment to move away from Adobe’s platform. Unfortunately for Android users with Honeycomb, Gingerbread, or older devices, their phones and tablets are still not supported by Chrome for Android.

On the other hand, if you have an ICS-running device of any kind right now, you should definitely try out the improved app and let us know what you think. Also, don’t forget to send your feedback to Google’s developing team, as this is still a beta project and needs user feedback.