Apr 17 AT 1:32 PM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

Chrome Beta for Android now available in more countries and 32 languages


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.


Via: Google Chrome Blog

Source: Chrome Beta

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  • http://www.mlswanson.com SparkyXI

    Awesome! Glad my Droid Charge… oh wait. Nevermind.

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      Yeah, I had the exact same reaction. It’s still not available in Eastern Europe. Bummer!

  • fletchtb

    Chrome for Android has a ton of great functionality, but I always keep going back to the stock browser. It just seems more lightweight and easier to use.

    • mkstvns

      I’ve found this too. And frankly, it’s a lot more attractive.

      It’s bizarre to me that Chrome is a flagship app for Google (well, I would have thought so), yet it doesn’t subscribe to the Android 4.0 style guide.

      What’s up with that?

      But, that said, I’m giving Chrome another go today. It crashed for me a lot in the past, but I’d put that down to my outdated version of CM9 on my GS2, rather than the fact that the app is in beta.

      • AmericanJedi001

        Chrome has had its own style for a while longer than ICS had been around, I’d imagine Google made a conscious decision to maintain that style for product recognition.

  • oddball

    off to test and see if it works with gummy

  • CTown

    Coincidently, I just downloaded Chrome for Android for the fist time and wanted to use AndroidAndMe to test. And just look at what article greets me!

    • thekaz

      I used to get Android and Me in the mobile version by default with chrome browser on my GNex. After the upgrade, I get the desktop version by default (whether the option is checked or not)…

      Anyone else having this issue..?

  • Trevor

    Chrome desktop has allowed tab syncing (to computers and mobile) for quite some time, accessible via chrome://sessions

  • Raptor

    And Opera.
    Both Opera Mobile and Opera Mini.
    And sure one on your desktop PC.

  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    For any Transformer Prime owners out there:

    Ctrl + N and Ctrl + Tab both work now, as do certain capital letters on web forms!

  • jwier

    I can’t wait…oh…wait…I can’t wait for 4.0 for my device (and the 90% of users with “new-ish” devices

  • Nathan D.

    Yea more update for chrome :)

  • OnIn2

    I bet I’ll see it on my LG G2x any day now

  • Slith

    The desktop request addition makes Chrome my default browser.

  • spazby

    google really should put this on at least gingerbread….

    • Legend

      It was built using ICS’s APIs, no chrome for Mr Gingerbread sorry.

  • YNWA

    Switched to Chrome Beta when it came out and haven’t looked back since! Everything works well, and smoothly.

    The only thing I hate is when I accidentally scroll between tabs when I am trying to move the page left and right. I wish there was a way to turn that off. The tabs button works just fine for me.

  • b

    Works really well for a beta. still a little wonky at times tho.I prefer chrome over stock.

  • cthonctic

    Very nice, especially the desktop version upgrade. Chrome has been my main on the Galaxy Nexus browser since it came out. In fact, open tab sync has always been the killer feature for me as I use Chrome on all my machines. Being able to access whatever is open on another instance of the browser is awesome in so many ways.

    Now if only they could make it support Flash (yeah, I know…) I would probably never open Dolphin or the stock browser again.

  • Aadith Sasi

    Yeah i am for it good features in chrome beta 32 languages available but i want to know is hindi available lets tell me reply

  • Alex Belko

    Strangely new version introduced even more freezes to me, back to more stable native browser, but chrome is beautiful can’t wait for the stable release

  • ghost5

    Does anyone know how you make youtube videos open up in youtube app rather than within the browser. A couple of weeks ago they where playing fine within the browser but now I just get a black screen.

    On the stock browser there is an option to open them in the app. Other than this chrome is brill

  • SGB101

    been using chrome, for a few weeks now and it has all be replaced Dolphin for me. only times i fire up Dolphin is when i need to use the lastpass plugin.

  • Rahul Mehta

    Used chrome . not satisfied with the browser .
    Regards from http://www.maxhungama.com

  • Pooja

    Yeah i am for it good features in chrome beta 32 languages available but i want to know is hindi available lets tell me reply

  • Thangaraju S

    i am using galaxy Y mobile. I can’t install chrome on samsung galaxy y mobile. reply me reason


  • Shivam

    Will install it soon ……………!!