Feb 07 AT 12:55 PM Anthony Domanico 77 Comments

Google Chrome for Android beta makes its way to Android 4.0 devices


At long last, Google has released an Android version of the popular Chrome browser onto the Android Market as a beta for all Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Similar to it’s PC and Mac brethren, Google Chrome for Android focuses on bringing speed and simplicity to your browsing experience, as well as offering the ability to sync your bookmarks and history across devices.

As with most things Google brings to Android, Chrome has been re-built from the ground up to take full advantage of the smaller screens on our phones and tablets. Chrome for Android features gesture support to move from tab to tab, with support for an unlimited number of tabs so you can browse to your heart’s content. And yes, Incognito Mode will be supported from day one so you can browse those seedy sections of the internet without leaving (much of) a trace.

Highlights of Chrome Beta for Android include:

  • Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  • Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
  • Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
  • Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer
  • Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
  • Browse privately in Incognito mode

Once you sign into Chrome on your Android device, you’ll be able to view the tabs you left open on another device, get autocomplete suggestions based on your full browsing history, and have your entire suite of bookmarks available at your disposal.

We’ve been able to spend a limited amount of time with Chrome for Android, but I think it’s safe to say that Chrome will completely take over any other browser program we currently have installed. If you have a device that runs Android 4.0, we highly encourage you to head over to the Android Market and give Chrome a download.

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Via: Google Chrome Blog

Source: Chrome

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  • Jeremy Johns

    Garbage… Why not on other phones… so very little of the android market is running ICS. Let us all give it a whirl.

    • AsakuraZero

      where some reason which you want to buy nexus devices, not even the GSII running ICS can pull it

    • Jeff Pan

      Was initially excited! but ICS only is a bummer!

    • kye

      Because they need the v4 API set to code its functionality… Thats my guess.

    • riknos

      They made it ICS only because ICS has native (kernel level IIRC) hardware acceleration support, so it would be much easier for them to implement it into the browser. It could be ported to other devices, but this might come at the cost of losing hardware acceleration, and isn’t Chrome all about speed? Anyway, this is definitely a happy day for ICS users everywhere.

    • LukeT32

      It is beta…… after beta you might get a chance.

  • socomdark


  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Installing on my Galaxy Nexus and Transfomer Prime right now. Will report back soon :)

    • inviolable

      So is this meant to replace the current browser or just be another option?

      • labrat

        Currently an other option.

        In the long run, will be the default browser.

        With limited time on my Nexus S, it looks like it’ll be the default browser for me!

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Question: I assume that Google will eventually make it available to pre-ICS devices. At that point, will this replace the browser bundled with the OS — and will apps that make use of the WebView take advantage of the engine of Chrome instead of that crappy built-in browser?

      • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

        I doubt that Google will make it available to pre-ICS devices.

    • epps720

      Not sure why they just didn’t make this stock on ICS. After playing with it for a little while, this thing is looking really good. ICS Browser +, just got the boot

  • spazby

    Come on google, make it available on gingerbread…

  • greeny42

    You would think Chrome would be built in as the browser for ICS.

  • Andrew2511

    Please someone can upload the apk for non US users? Thank you so much :)

    • MOnline

      Man why only in the us its a browser how much impact could it have toe publish it for everyone. Especially because its android ics only. Hope someone can post the apk :-)

      • masterpfa

        Using it in the UK downloaded without any problems

    • Greg

      I got it in Australia this morning.

  • ElvisonD

    It’s About Time

  • slurms mckenzie

    fucking shit! i want this on my tmo gs2
    make it for all versions

  • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva


    And they say it’s fast – Chrome fast. We all know what that means :)

  • clark2

    Cant believe they included a swipe action for browser use (switching tabs) by default, effectively stealing it from the page. Not a ton of web sites or apps use the swipe yet, but it’s an important tool in the UI/UX pocket, so it sucks to see Google proper setting this precident.

    • http://w4tr.com Sean-Franc

      the swipe action is only triggered from the edge of the touch screen. regular UI on screen web swipes would still trigger. they have this on the ICS browser on the galaxy nexus, but in the form of quick actions that show on screen when you finger the edge.

  • cthonctic

    Very nice, grabbing it for my ICS-running Galaxy S. Looking forward to having the real Chrome on my mobile device, it sure took its time to get there. :)

  • oddball

    Can’t wait to see this given wider availability. This is the browser I am looking for

  • 94wolfpack

    Just loaded this on my nexus s. SOOOOOOOOO Much faster than the stock browser!
    I was not able to load this site on my stock ICS browser with out frequent browser exits/crashes etc. Seemed to load just fine.

    Its not buttery smooth on my nexus s but a significant improvement over the stock.. at least thats been my brief experience.

  • Alexis Cramatte

    No love for the Swiss :’(

  • E-man

    Pretty sweet. But I think the stock browser works just fine.

  • Billy

    Oh yeah!!! Installing this bad boy now .. Chrome Android FTW!!!

  • Stigy

    Really digging the interface and the full sync of bookmarks and open tabs. I can find stuff to read in the morning on my PC and sync it to my phone when I open the browser – how awesome is that?!

    Seems that it also includes Chrome to Phone in the settings as well.

  • amgala

    I <3 Google!

  • inviolable

    Only for 4.0 huh. Still say custom UIs are important?

    • agreed

      Custom UIs “were” important

      Now we have Matias Duarte in the house, non stock can gtfo out of my sight.

  • jamal adam


  • Lekz

    So in the tab area, the tabs stack or unstack if you tilt the phone backward or forward. Also got the stack to flip, but can’t reproduce it.

    • Lekz

      figured out the flip. It happens after you swipe up several times, even tho the tabs are already stacked

  • Gr8Ray

    Can’t seem to get it to sync my desktop with what I was viewing on my phone. Works the other way around just fine though. Is it even possible?

  • xsynth

    Installing it now. Wasn’t available to download from store but the apk is on a number of android sites now at least

  • alamoe

    I’ve been using it for the last hour on the Galaxy Nexus. Verdict is: its pretty sweet. Brings the design of Google Currents to the web browser. My new default browser.

  • iamXiV92a

    This is the reason I’m still leaning towards purchasing a Nexus…

    • professandobey

      Just do it. You’ll be glad you did.

    • Nexus

      Dont learn your lesson the hard way and just get nexus

  • smithey253

    So far so good. Synced all my open tabs on the desktop very quickly, finally I can drop the “Chrome to Phone” extension I have running.

  • Rockstar323
  • Bon

    Is it just me or is it killing the battery…

    • Richard Yarrell

      Yes battery life suffering…

      • Richard Yarrell

        Stock ICS BROWSER still number 1 but chrome will be better as days move forward. Now is chrome better than dolphin mini is the question….

  • aranea

    Finally! I guess now I have to root my Atrix and install ICS. Why is motorola so behind in upgrades?!


    absolutely fantastic so far

    • inviolable

      Is 100 the max around here or have you just slowed down? That’s right, I’m using you as a barometer.

  • EolianPipes

    I’m so excited for this! From a quick couple seconds at work, I really like what they’ve done with the interface. I’m a little nervous about the quick tab switching feature by swiping. Overall though, it looks like it’s going to be awesome!

    I also love seeing the little Chrome logo to open my internet. It just feels right.

  • monsieurska

    I just downloaded it from the market (Samsung Galaxy S with ICS 4.0.3 teamhacksung release)

    Works great and is really fast. The animations are super smooth too. In my opinion it runs as smooth as safari on an iphone 4s. Really worth downloading if you have ICS.

  • JayB95

    I’m running this on my Rezound right now it’s really good. I wish scrolling was a little faster though I’m gonna have to check out the developer options settings.

  • sleepy

    I’ve been “imagining that” for a year. and my Droid 2 doesn’t even have CM9 yet.

  • nsnsmj

    I’ve been using it on my Nexus S running ICS since it was released. It’s fast, and tab-switching is handled perfectly. Wish it had quick controls like the stock browser though, and Flash. For right now though, the stock ICS browser will remain default. I hope Chrome for Android gets extensions, too, like the desktop client.

  • Geir Bergmann

    Isnt it possible to change to desktop site in settings in chrome beta?

  • n25philly

    Did they carry over the horrible interface from the desktop version?

  • Marvles

    Got it on my nexus s , a lot faster this site took over two times longer to load with the stock browser.

  • kwills88

    ICS or not, I am just happy to see some progress on chrome’s transition over to Android.. I can’t wait for some updates for ics to roll out more so we can all catch up.

  • MoSDeeb

    Looking forward to leaving work and trying this out on the tablet. Great so far on the galaxy nexus

  • Roger Moum

    Must say i like the speed and flow of this, alot better than any other browser although Dolphin is pretty close, but no UA yet and that sucks :( With a screen like my GNex i like to use desktop versions and same on my Transformer Prime :( hope the desktop UA is present in the final release then it will deffo be the best browser out there :D

  • Brett

    What’s the user agent when using this browser. Can you switch the user agent? I know in the new version of Firefox Mobile you can switch to tablet mode or desktop mode variants.

  • cola

    Now I just have to wait for ICS for the Razr. Sigh..

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    I’ve never had a stronger craving for ice cream.

  • mclarensr

    ICS only?

  • rashad360

    About time! I’m kinda mad it is only on ICS, though…

  • kungpaodragon

    Call me selfish, but I’d say do not sacrifice quality for backward compatibility. Developer for the future, not the past.

  • WlfHart

    Looking forward to playing with this!

  • silsah

    chorme is best web browser


  • Hall Lo

    Finally!! The wait is over! :D

  • Nexus

    I’m feel you.

    Make the medicine that will cure your pain.. It’s called Galaxy Nexus

    • Nexus

      Take the medicine I meant

  • bd1212

    Once some of the bugs are ironed out, this will be the best mobile browser; I can already see it.