We have been begging and pleading for Android to get the Chrome browser for years. And now that we have a Beta version available for Android 4.0 devices, the world seems a bit more at peace. Many of you may currently be enjoying this to its full potential, but as usual, Google is not stopping any time soon. Senior VP of Chrome, Sundar Pichai, has gone on the record, and we are expecting some huge improvements within the coming year.
Google’s plan is to make more money directly from Chrome via purchases of web apps. In part, the browser for mobile is being improved, along with the experience, to lure customers into spending more cash on their browsing experience. But with Google Chrome being one of the most popular browsers out there, we assume that will be no problem.
Chrome for Android is only available for Android 4.0 devices, which makes for about 1% of the Android-using population. In just a few weeks, it has been downloaded from 100,000-500,000 times. Sundar Pichai is very proud of the consumer response, and claims that complaints are minor. But he plans to keep working hard on it, and goes on to say that in a year from now, Chrome will take “leaps and bounds.”
Given that it's a beta product and only available on ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0, which has only barely penetrated the market), we're really happy where it is. I think most people haven't experienced it on tablets. They will discover a lot of good things there as well. We've received positive feedback, and the feature requests are pretty minor.
We are going to continue releasing Chrome for Android at a pretty healthy pace. In a year from now, we're going to take leaps and bounds.Sundar PichaiSenior VP of Chrome
But what exactly are some of the improvements we are talking about? The details are scarce, but Pichai goes on to mention that people’s favorite characteristics of Chrome for Android are the speed, sync and tab stack. And what users request more is the ability to see full desktop versions of websites. As we know, the days of Flash are over, but the team will be focusing on HTML5 and assures us that they are working on bringing this feature.
There is much to expand on, and it would be great to see all of the other Chrome features come to Android. Extensions and apps are just the beginning. But we would like to know what you guys think. What do you think we will coming from Chrome in a year?
Hit the source link to read the full interview, and let’s see what the future holds for Chrome.