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Chrome for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Beta Lands In Android Market

Chrome for Android Beta designed from the ground up for mobile devices brings along with Chrome’s capabilities to phones and tablets running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and support for many of the latest HTML5 features to the Android platform.

Chrome for Android is a solid platform for developing web content on mobile devices and like the desktop version, it is focused on “speed and simplicity” — “you can search, navigate and browse fast–Chrome fast. You can scroll through web pages as quickly as you can flick your finger. When searching, your top search results are loaded in the background as you type so pages appear instantly. And of course, both search and navigation can all be done quickly from the Chrome omnibox,” explains Chrome team.

Chrome for Android 4.0 ICS Beta

It also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalized web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices,” explains Chrome team. Adding, the team notes, “you can now bring your personalized Chrome experience with you to your Android phone or tablet.” If you sign in to Chrome on your Android device, you can:

  • “View open tabs: Access the tabs you left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome)–picking up exactly where you left off.
  • Get smarter suggestions: If you visit a site often on your computer, you’ll also get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.Sync bookmarks: Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you’re using,” the team explained.

Chrome for Android also introduces a new gesture for navigating to the next tab (flick instead of Ctrl+Tab), support for page prerendering (used by Google Search to fetch the top result), incognito mode, link preview and data sync for bookmarks, typed URLs and browser sessions. That means you can open a few tabs in the desktop Chrome, close your computer and continue reading the same pages on your Android phone or tablet.

You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web.

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In addition to these features, Chrome for Android “brings support for many of the latest HTML5 features to the Android platform: hardware-accelerated canvas, overflow scroll support, strong HTML5 video support, and new capabilities such as Indexed DB, WebWorkers and Web Sockets”.

It also support remote debugging through Chrome Developer Tools to make it simple for developers to debug web sites running live on their mobile devices.

“Much of the code for Chrome for Android is already shared with Chromium and over the coming weeks, the Chromium team will be upstreaming many new components developed for Chrome for Android to Chromium, WebKit and other projects. We’ve got a lot more planned to make Chrome as feature-rich on mobile devices as it is on the desktop,” mentions chrome team.

Chrome is now available in Beta from Android Market, in select countries including: US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and languages for phones and tablets with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

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