Chrome for Android to leave beta in a matter of weeks

Daniel Bader

April 25, 2012 12:19pm

Chrome for Android has been updated once since its February release, and despite its beta tag feels relatively stable for everyday use. It has some nagging issues — rendering on certain pages is inconsistent, and it is slow to start up even on the fastest devices — but the Chrome team feels like it is nearing completion.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s VP of Chrome and related apps, said that the beta will complete in “a matter of weeks,” with a version 1.0 (or equivalent) coming to quash the remaining bugs users are experiencing. The Chrome for Android code is based in part on the desktop version, and has been iterating quite quickly — the latest version is based on Chrome 18, which recently hit the Stable channel for desktop users.

Chrome for Android has, and will always be, only compatible with Android 4.0, since it relies on the powerful GPU-based hardware acceleration in these latest devices. It is optimized for both smartphones and tablets, and supports syncing between desktop and mobile clients with a unified Google login.

If you have an Android 4.0-compatible device and haven’t yet tried Chrome for Android, do yourself a favour and get on it.

Source: CNET

  • Nick

    Nice. I want to use it, but it’s still a little too laggy and unstable. Hopefully this means they’ve sorted out all the issues.

  • Dalex

    It’s really nice and I use it in combination with the regular browser, but its missing flash so I can’t use it as my only browser unfortunately.

  • jbarns

    No flash sucks and load time is annoying.

    Regardless I still use it as my main driver, I like the Sync features.

  • Mike Neufeld

    Good browser but lacks flash support. Hmmm
    I dont mind the stock browser or Dolphin os great too.

  • yousuck

    Since the last update, it’s been much better. I know I complained alot with the initial releases. It’s now my daily browser on my phone. Sucks that it doesn’t have flash though.

  • Cancuckle215

    Did they fix the ability to request desktop site? That was a big killer for me. That and flash 5. Sorry Goog…I’ll stick with the stock browser as it does EVERYTHING I need it to!

    • howitzer

      the lastest update does that

  • shaggyskunk

    Since it relys on powerful gpus? There’s a pile of phones out that have these gpus…. But people are still waiting for ICS! Come on Google & rogers! :-*