Will Google Chrome be the Android's mobile browser?

Will Google Chrome be the Android's mobile browser?

Summary: The talk of the internet today is the launch and availability of the new Google Chrome web browser. As a mobile enthusiast, I immediately asked myself if it is possible that the Chrome browser would be coming to mobile platforms and after reading that the new Chrome browser is based on the WebKit open source project like the Nokia S60 and Apple iPhone browsers I think it is very possible that it will be coming to the mobile space and may actually be the browser that we see launched on the Google Android devices in the next month or two. We know that the Google Android, aka Open Handset Alliance, browser is also an open source browser based on WebKit, but I can't find any information on the actual name of the browser.

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Will Google Chrome be the Android’s mobile browser?The talk of the internet today is the launch and availability of the new Google Chrome web browser. As a mobile enthusiast, I immediately asked myself if it is possible that the Chrome browser would be coming to mobile platforms and after reading that the new Chrome browser is based on the WebKit open source project like the Nokia S60 and Apple iPhone browsers I think it is very possible that it will be coming to the mobile space and may actually be the browser that we see launched on the Google Android devices in the next month or two. We know that the Google Android, aka Open Handset Alliance, browser is also an open source browser based on WebKit, but I can't find any information on the actual name of the browser.

I downloaded the Windows PC version of the Chrome browser and see that is has quite a simple interface, which is what appeals to most people about the Google search engine. It seems that this kind of browser is perfect for ultra portable devices and may be a contender in the mobile space. There hasn't been any information provided that Chrome is coming to mobile devices, but I am now even more curious to check out the browser on a Google Android device from T-Mobile that I will by buying as soon as they are available.

Topics: Browser, Google, Mobility

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  • I can not imagine that they would NOT put Chrome on Android. But, the first

    shipping version might not be. For them to not use their own browser on their own mobile OS would be suicide.
    DonnieBoy
  • Memory Models may Dictate Otherwise

    Google state that Chrome's design will use more upfront memory for overall gains, which goes against typical mobile requirements, so, Chrome may not be a good Android fit.

    Kevin, G-Portal UK
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    kevinaaa8
  • No, Chrome is not headed for Android

    The Chrome browser itself is desktop only. However the
    core rendering engine of the browser in Chrome *is*
    shared with Android. And iPhone. And Nokia.

    One reason is that mobile devices don't yet have the
    horsepower or memory to support the fancy Javascript
    compilers (V8, Tamarin, etc.) of desktop browsers.
    Another reason is that a lot of what Chrome does
    (tabs, screen real-estate management) is so different
    on a small screen that there's not much in common that
    could be shared with the big desktop screen
    implementation.

    Maybe someday when mobile devices have stretchable
    1600x1200 screens, multi-core processors, 200 GB of
    local storage, and 4GB RAM, but not today.
    Ed Burnette
  • RE: Will Google Chrome be the Android's mobile browser?

    Er, well, I could be wrong...
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10031318-92.html
    Ed Burnette
  • RE: Will Google Chrome be the Android's mobile browser?

    I'd bet money ($100+) that desktop Chrome doesn't make it to Android in the next two years.

    Webkit is already there. The V8 JavaScript VM may go over since they have mentioned ARM code support. The copied-from-Opera-Speed-Dial home page - sure.

    Tabbed browsing? Are you kidding? How many tabs could you easily access on smartphone these days? esp. in portrait mode. 3? Maybe 4?

    The phones still don't have enough memory for an app to assign one tab per process.
    typo.pl
  • RE: Will Google Chrome be the Android's mobile browser?

    Will Chrome ever function as a browser at all is the question.
    Having just un-installed the beta version ( my annoyance threshold had been severely exceeded)I can only advise the Chrome masters walk, no make that, stand upright un-assisted for more than 15 minutes at a time before doing anything more!
    celestialbodi6