Gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet

Gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet

Summary: The newly released Chrome for Android beta is a full port of the Chrome browser for desktop operating systems and is intended to eventually replace the built-in Android browser.

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  • The newly released Chrome for Android beta is a full port of the Chrome browser for desktop operating systems and is intended to eventually replace the built-in Android browser.

    Like its desktop siblings, Chrome for Android is capable of rendering rich website content with very few compromises. And it's also extremely fast.

    Chrome for Android is currently limited to devices which can run the Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x) version of the mobile OS. So that includes handsets such as the Galaxy Nexus as well as Android tablets such as the Motorola XOOM and the Asus Transformer Prime which have recently been upgraded to the new software.

  • While Chrome for Android is a complete port of the main browser engine from the desktop version, some features are missing, such as the ability to support Chrome Extensions, Chrome plugins (Flash) as well as Chrome Native Client, the Chrome Web Store and Password Sync.

    However, as you can see from this screenshot of the CBS News website, most content renders exactly like their desktop counterparts.
     

Topics: Apps, Android, Browser, Google, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet

    Sweeeeet! Hope it becomes available for Honeycomb tablets, too sometime. But as I'm saving my pennies for a Transfomer Prime anyway, I'm gad to know the browsing experience will be second to none!
    dsf3g
  • RE: Gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet

    I wish I had an ICS tablet :S
    AdnanPirota
    • RE: Gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet

      @AdnanPirota

      The Xoom is cheap these days, right?
      Michael Alan Goff
  • It's crap!

    Well at the moment at least. On my ICS tablet the "Browser" is much smoother. Hopefully Chrome on Android will grow into it's name.
    DarthStigSr
  • RE: Gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet

    Keep letting Google know everything about you, I won't.
    hayneiii@...
    • RE: Gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet

      @hayneiii@...
      Are you suggesting that their 'generic' Android browser DOESN'T reveal anything to them?
      MichaelWilliamScott
  • RE: Gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet

    Also....bad news here......it appears the new Android/Chrome/Beta browser does not work with the MIPS chipset that runs many of the newer/cheaper Android tablets (of which my Novo7 Paladin is one).
    DARN. Now what?
    Is it more likely Google will develop a compatible version of Chrome.....or more likely Novo will upgrade THEIR product? Or, neither?
    MichaelWilliamScott