If your device was recently updated to Android 4.0 and you haven’t installed the Chrome Beta browser, now is a good time to check it out. Today Google updated Chrome Beta for Android with a bunch of requested features and made it available in 31 additional languages.
Now Android 4.0 users in all countries where Google Play is available can install the app. New features include:
- You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
- You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
- Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
- Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.
I started using Chrome as my alternative Android browser, but I recently gave up on it because I couldn’t request desktop sites. It’s nice to see that has been fixed, so I’ll give Chrome another chance as my default browser and see how it goes.
If you use Chrome on your desktop, you might also want to check out the latest Chrome Beta that now lets you access tabs on “other devices” including your phone and tablet. The mobile version of Chrome could already access tabs open on the desktop version, so it’s nice to see this feature finally included.
For the 97% of users with devices not on Android 4.0, you will have to keep waiting. Google sometimes updates their apps to support older versions of Android, but there are no signs that will happen with Chrome.