Chrome for Android to be aligned with desktop version early next year

Daniel Bader

November 28, 2012 7:21am

Good news for anyone running Chrome for Android on a 4.0+ device. Google is in the process of unifying the code of the mobile version with that of the further-ahead desktop variety. At the moment, Chrome for Android is based on version 18.0, whereas Chrome for the desktop is on 23.0, so it’s likely that the Android version will gain features in the coming months as well.

Q. Chrome for Android is still at v18, while regular Chrome is at v23. When will Chrome for Android catch up?

A. Soon! We expect an update to Chrome for Android starting with a developer update to happen before the end of the year, and we’re actively working towards aligning releases across all platforms, including Android, starting early next year.

It’s not certain whether the developer version of Chrome for Android will become available to the public, but it could happen that Google will begin releasing separate downloadable builds on mobile like it does on the desktop. Time will tell.

Source: Google+
Via: AndroidAuthority

  • Justin

    I like how the version numbers go up so fast. Chrome is the youngest of the mainstream browsers and its the highest version number.

  • Shawn

    Hmmm. I wonder if we’ll be able to download chrome extensions in Chrome for Android? An app inside of an app.

    • S2556


  • Jeremy

    Shawn: we already have that in Firefox on Android.

  • Yeria

    Please bring the Password Sync to Chrome for Android!!

  • HighClassFrenchCricket

    herp derp duh about time!, chrome is for the internet doh!

  • Slumon


  • skazzers

    Chrome is destined to fail because it’s not on BB10.

  • SC

    They need a checkbox in the settings to always use desktop mode for all sites. It will be handy for a tablet

  • Tyler Durden

    I wonder if it will rally be fully aligned though. Will it support Flash? I doubt it.

    • Tyler Durden

      *really be

  • boojay

    Chrome looks nice, but honestly, nothing has managed to beat the stock browser, particularly HTC’s stock browser. The biggest missing piece, of course, is Flash. Regardless of what anyone says, there are simply too many sites that still utilize Flash, therefore, it is a necessity.