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peter

February 7th 2012 2:44 pm

Anyone else digging the new Chrome browser for Android 4.0?

Just installed the new Chrome browser for Android, and so far I'm really liking it. The browser in Android has always been a bit underwhelming -- which created an opening for third-party offerings like Dolphin and Opera -- but even though it's still in beta I've been impressed with both the UI and performance on Chrome for Android. It feels like a big step forward.

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alexdlc

Im confused, isnt Android from Google? And isnt Chrome also from Google, so why isnt Chrome the default browser on Android devices?
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peter

You'll have to ask Google why they did this. For whatever reason Android's browser was not based on Chrome.
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kineticartist

just searched the android market place I cant download nor is ti available to me all I get when searching "google chrome" is Google chrome to phone either Verizon or HTC have blocked me from chromeness sad day
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razgriz94

It is only available to devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So you won't see it on your HTC device, which is likely on Gingerbread.
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the1ts

I think this is because originally the browser was part of the Android OS install, now the google apps are all upgradeable via the Play store, splitting the browser off to the Chrome browser team means that Android and Chrome OS and desktop Chrome Browser can all get support for new features at roughly the same time all from the Central Chrome team.
Well that's what I'm hoping anyway.
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kineticartist

you would think so but on my android the browser is something called internet 2.3.4 what browser it actually is or based off I have no clue perhaps its HTCs or Verizon's mobile browser
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peter

Only available to Galaxy Nexus right now.
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kineticartist

thanks Peter I was feeling left out for sure
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jvmaxwell

Not true. If you're running any device with ICS I believe you can grab it.
I visted https:­/­/market.android.com­/details­?id­=com.android.... and it downloaded on my device.
I have an Samsung Epic 4G running Cyanogen Mod 9 alpha 1, and it works great. Synced my desktop favorites and everything. Feels like it renders pages quicker and better than the stock ICS browser. I previously used Dolphin Browser HD when I was on CM7, but now that I'm on ICS, I'll be sticking with Chrome (pending any major issues that may pop up).
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peter

This is correct, I said GN when I meant to say ICS-only. Thanks!
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RyanK

I was able to install it both on my Galaxy Nexus and my Nexus S. As long as you're running ICS and in the United States, I believe you should be able to install this.

You should be able to see if you're devices are eligible at: https:­/­/market.android.com­/details­?id­=com.android....
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kineticartist

sucks Im still at 2.3.4 thanks to verizon and HTC I doubt Ill ever get ICS might be time to root this phone
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kineticartist

I installed firefox and was greatly disappointed with its performance and feature set on my droid incredible II and as a result I went back to the stock browser that came on my HTC droid. I look forward to a more in depth review of the android chrome browser maybe that will make the grade,
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mwdanger

try the aurora channel: www.mozilla.org­/en­-US­/mobile­/aurora/
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cjtylr

I'm really loving it. The feature that lets you access tabs you have open on your desktop is really, really nifty. I love how easy it was to import all of my settings (bookmarks, history, etc...).

The only thing I miss are the "Quick Controls" Labs option that was present in the stock browser. I apparently became very used to just sliding my thumb on the left or right of the screen to bring up tabs, address bar, and settings. That's the only thing I'd like to see worked in.

I was also concerned that my bookmarks widget would only work with the stock browser, but it gave me the option of defaulting to Chrome once I click on one of my marks.

Really glad they came out with an Official Chrome browser, and I wouldn't be surprised if it became stock over time.
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Brandon

I too miss the Quick Controls.
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groovechicken

Hmmm, okay, so this is the first ICS feature that makes me a little jealous and the first one that makes me care whether or not my Photon gets the upgrade. I have been using Opera lately, but am really interested in this. Hopefully it will get backported to Gingerbread.
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Dpmt

I've been looking forward to this for a long time. I hope it gets developed as fast a Chrome for desktop.

I'm still playing around with it but I think that Google has just put every other mobile browser on notice. There coming for you.

Now if ASUS would just update my Transformer.
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btate0121

It feels like a Rep forward.... for the STOCK browser. I don't like the page rendering on my xoom. It seems a little choppy when scrolling but otherwise its nice. No flash is a *little* bit of a let down but hopefully the web will be flash free soon.

Over all I like it! It looks nice and bookmark syncing works as advertised. I like the way the tabs look and hope they port over the theme engine and at least SOME of the apps.
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pettersonmatt

i was hoping it would run on evervolv preview 6 for dinc, but no such luck. it won't load sites, just a white screen.
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eemartinez

Unfortunately this app was released shortly before I had to leave for work, so I have not been able to play with it to any length of time. I can sure say that the little I saw of it, and for being a Beta product was impressive. In my old DX running CM7 days I only used Dolphin HD, but after making the move to the Galaxy Nexus, I have been quite pleased with the stock browser, especially the little thumb navigation shortcut. Chrome browser is something I am sure all Android users have longed for. Although it somewhat makes sense why this has not happened sooner, I am glad it is happening for real. The interface is very in tune with the ICS UX. If you have several tabs open and you swipe left or right to get to the next tab, when you reach the last one, you get the same animation you would see when swiping homescreens left or right. Tilting the phone while all tabs are open, to me, is very smooth and something I personally have never seen before. Just like the recently opened apps, while having all tabs open, closing a tab is the same, swipe to dismiss. The desktop sync works perfectly and is an evolution to Chrome to Phone in a way.
There is no flash, not the end of the world... but it would have been nice to see it supported. I don't spend a lot of time in the browser, so not a deal breaker for me. I don't think flash is a bad thing per se, just a lot of bad sites use flash to seem 'cool'.
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phi

I like it...except for the lack of plug-in support. And I know flash is going away but its like I'm on iOS now when surfing to flash-heavy sites.
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KidCuda

I love it, and the Chrome to Mobile extension for the computer helps to, it has the same capabilities as Chrome to Phone (other than copying text), except you can specify the device you want to send it to.
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CalebBlank

Yeah, its good; it just needs a face-lift on the android tablets. On tablets it looks exactly like the desktop browser, which is not very touch friendly in my opinion. It's a little awkward to switch between tabs on the tablet because of the fact that the tabs are so small. Although, other than that it is a very good mobile browser.
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Ren97

I love it. It needs flash tho.
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aaronfg

So far I'm digging it a lot. I just noticed something nice that I can't seem to replicate every time though:

It seems that if you long tap on a spot that is not a definite link, like let's say your finger is half on 2 different links-- Chrome will pop up a zoomed in bubble view of the area your finger is on allowing you to select the link you wanted easily.

Nice feature.
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willdau

Its great, a major improvement over stock, but lacking some elements such as the UI, which is dissapointing, lookign forward to subsequent updates
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ramihollings

I uninstalled all other browsers when I got this. The only thing holding it back is lack of flash.
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Ren97

This is my main browser on my phone now.
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tofagerl

Mine crashes every two minutes. No discernable pattern, it even crashes if I just leave it alone after opening it.
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Ves

I'm completely in love with it. Thought it missing some of the features the stock browsers has, it's super fast
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dwx

I've been waiting for the ICS update for the Galaxy Note to try this!

I wasn't having a hard time being patient for ICS until Google made their Chrome release for ICS only!
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mwdanger

Google is moving in the right direction and Chrome Beta is not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but Google needs to adopt Android 4's Holo aesthetic for all of its Android apps going forward. Chrome Beta's address bar looks like it got farted into the future by Android 1.5. Chrome Beta also could do without the swiping to switch tabs and take some of the bones of the stock browser, including the "Labs" features. Swiping to switch tabs is really not as useful as the stock browser's "Quick controls" feature, which I use more often than switching tabs. "Quick Controls" also opened up screen real estate by hiding the address bar. Other than that, I still find Chrome Beta to certainly be beta, as there have been many times where I've been on a site that serves video or audio via HTML5 markup and Chrome Beta will hang the page, so I have to go kill the process. That does not happen in the stock browser or in Opera Mobile, where I forced disabled Flash to force Opera Mobile to pull video on pages that use HTML5 as the media conduit. That's a bug I've submitted, so Google may find that to be a legitimate problem to fix in the next Chrome Beta update.
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the1ts

I do like the Chrome Browser, but its going to have to support plugins like lastpass and xmarks before it can become my preferred browser on Android. Don't get me wrong, I want it to be my preferred browser, but without my choice of secure password and bookmark syncing its usefulness is reduced to that of a secondary browser.
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