Android and Me

Google Chrome is finally coming to an Android device near you

3 years ago 76

September of 2008 was a pretty busy month for Google. The company released, not one, but two very important products in that month: Android and Chrome. The former was supposed to unify the mobile world under one platform, while the latter’s job was to push the web forward. Today, Android owns most of the smartphone market while Chrome is about to take second place away from Mozilla Firefox.

Believe it or not, both of these products got to where they are today with almost no interaction between the teams behind them. On the contrary, there were times when it seemed like they were competing with each other for the future of personal computing. But that’s all about to change. According to a post on the Chromium Code website, Google Chrome for Android is right around the corner.

The Chromium revision log indicates that Chrome for Android will include most of the features that its desktop counterpart currently has, something that I’m sure will make some of you very happy. The app will also support the Skia 2D graphics library that Google has been working on. And that’s about everything we know at this point. However, I’m sure we’ll get more details over the coming days and weeks.

As you might remember, Google has something big planned for October 11 and I won’t be surprised if Chrome for Android makes an appearance. The company might even surprise us with things like a Chrome Web Store for Android devices. That will surely turn some heads.

We’d love to hear your opinion about all of this, so let us know in the comments. Do you think the app will be available through the Market or come pre-installed? Are you excited about having the Chrome Web Store on your phone or is it more of a “meh” feature? And most importantly, will you dump your current browser for Chrome?