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Chrome Beta for Android Released!

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Chrome for Android literally just went live in the market all of 2 minutes ago. We haven’t even had a chance to play with it ourselves, so go grab it and come back for our reactions in a bit. So far, it is only available to Android 4.0 devices. 

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  • Joejoe509

    ICS Browser has Flash and Quick Controls and it’s still plenty speedy. I’m sticking with stock ICS for now.

  • Hoffmanaz5

    When I try to download it using the mirror I get a parse error. : (

  • Taokip

    Even the “find on page” feature is awesome…

  • Jslafarr

    Is it possible to hide nav bar like the stock browser?
    Other than that its cool. No flash sucks.

  • So far I like it. It run’s pretty well on my Motorola XOOM. However, I often use a bluetooth mouse and keyboard with my XOOM. Chrome Beta accepts both however the scroll wheel on my mouse will not scroll web pages in Chrome Beta (but it will in just about any other application, including the stock browser). So I am left to use the click and hold scroll method, as if I were dragging with my finger.

  • Anonymous

    Now this is a good birthday gift!

  • Bro tip: slide from the edge and it switches tabs.

  • Anonymous

    After installing this and playing with it, I came across website settings and there was a Facebook entry.now I didn’t use Facebook, nor I have an account with them. The entry is this s-static.ask.Facebook.com. any help what this could be?? Are they being evil??

    • Korntoff

      Facebook scripts are embedded in most pages these days. Your privacy is worthless and you shouldn’t try to protect it.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I was happy with the stock ICS browser, very slick!

  • Booboolala2000

    Getting some force closings when editing fields. Looks great and cant wait to make itmy daily.

  • Niko Engman

    As first i was really interested reading that chrome has finally arrived to android, until i read it’s only for 4.0!! Still waiting the damn ICS update for Galaxy Note….

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone figure out if it’s possible to change the UA String yet?

  • Anonymous

    I already love this browser, its everything I could ask for from a browser. They just need to clean up the UI a bit, but its very fast for a beta.

  • does this mean they’re gonna merge the Browser and Chrome on their Android devices soon? it seems stupid to have both of them available?! maybe they can integrate all the cool features in ICS Browser+ into chrome and get read of the native browser. boy isn’t that something!

  • Deiler

    I love that you can close a tab by flicking to the side.  Like dismissing a notification in the notification bar.

  • Tuan

    I love my rezound but I want ICS so bad…. 

    ….ps. I want stable ICS….

    • Josh Groff

      Sensation 4G has stable ICS ROMs, sure they are branded beta, but they are fully functional. That being said, it’s big brother should have more stable ROMs.

    • Jslafarr

      Stable ICS is an ignorant thing to say. As well as buying a rezound.

  • Anonymous

    Could this mean that Adobe Flash for android is not dead after all

  • Maui88

    What about chrome for Google TV. Can we sideload this APK to it and have it work okay?

  • Kary

    Will it support extension like Adblock? That will be freakin awesome !!

  • Rlockwich

    I want it for my Razr! Market link will only let me install on my XOOM.

    • Josh Groff

      Flash ICS on the RAZR. 😉

  • This is pretty beautiful, very smooth and intuitive. Really liking the desktop Chrome sync.

  • The Phoenix

    AAAARGH…. 4.0 only….

  • sog805

    says its incompatible with all my devices (charge, og droid, gtab)

    • Josh Groff

      None of them have ICS?

    • sog805

      nm…just noticed it was only for ICS…lame

      •  I’m sure you wouldn’t consider it lame if you had a device with ICS.

  • Redflea
  • Azndan4

    This needs inverter rendering like the stock ics browser has.

  • Showing that it’s incompatible with my Droid Bionic?

    • Josh Groff

      Does your Bionic have an ICS ROM on it? If not, then this is correct.

  • M.Slab

    The “Find on page…” is fantastic!

  • Awesome feature, I was just on craigslist and and on the main screen when you long press it magnifies the spot you long pressed on so you don’t accidently hit the wrong hyperlink. tested it out and it works only when there are a bunch of hyperlinks around each other. pretty sweet cause i always hit the wrong one on craigslist.

  • Anonymous

    Super quick – holy crap.  Its like using a brand new phone.

    • Josh Groff

      I noticed that too, same feeling when I flashed virtuous quattro on my sensation.

  • this “Tabs open on computer” this is ooohh so good

  • Alexanderkingtickke

    I’m currently typing this from Chrome on my ICS Xoom. For beta software, it really isn’t all that bad…

  • oh-mi-shee

    Works great on rooted Xoom wifi running CM9 Kang

  • Betweentheivory

    fast my ass. this piece of crap is slow as hell. opera is WAY better.

    • Josh Groff

      This is also in beta. Rest assured, just like the pc browser, it will beat Opera.

  • Valdeck

    Good in a early test but why did they not include/enable the quick controls… 🙁

    • Anonymous

      They have the tab swiping for the sides instead. It would be nice to have a choice though. It will probably come by the time the stable version is released.

  • Anonymous

    Awww, forgot my Xoom tablet at home. Can’t load it on my RAZR (yet). So Moto/Verizon, when ya gonna get a build for ICS on the RAZR?

  • scrolling of the stack view? This is nuts.

  • uncle paul harguss

    Meh, ICS browser + still owns it at this point….
    Its faster, (especially scrolling)
    and Im spoiled with fullscreen advanced quick controls, 
    No Desktop view.
      This has potential though, I love the tabs. 

  • OreoMan

    This is smooth as hell!!

  • G Nex….SICK!

  • Anonymous

    This is super fast on my Xoom.. by far the best browser I’ve tired yet..

  • Michael Forte

    Wow, I’m really liking it. This should have been the stock ICS browser for sure.

  • Slwest78

    Not compatible with droid bionic.

  • Bcorrell34

    How can I have Chrome replace my browser in the (stock) soft key buttons

    • Bcorrell34

      NVM I’m an idiot. Jesus….

    • Anonymous

      just hold down the chrome icon and move it over the browser icon for your soft key buttons, it’ll swap locations.

  • FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kiteless

    This makes my Droid 3 saaaad. But glad to see it finally hitting devices. Mainly want to see this on my Transformer, but my phone would be nice too. 🙂

  • So Google HAS been working on a browser just not for the masses…yet the stock android browser is outdated and in some cases poor excuse for a usable app.

  • So far this is my favorite mobile browser to date!!!!

  • Its like Christmas again….but it always is with Android

  • Derek Stiles

    Am I missing how to sync open tabs?

    • Anonymous

      If you already had Chrome open on your PC close and reopen it and then it starts syncing.
      Edit: Assuming you already have it set to sync under options.

    • Anonymous

      You have to configure some settings on Chrome for Desktop and then you can access open tabs from the New Tab page in the app (the third tab on the bottom).

  • Anonymous

    Not bad, not great. Need quick controls as I’m spoiled now.
    I do like the dev options of flicking through the tabs-
    I like the clearer (apparently) text and the zoom-
    Overall, pretty nice start.

  • RaptorOO7

    I will try this later when I have time.  I do hope we can sync our Chrome desktop bookmarks with it and skip the 3rd party sync crap.

  • Tojo

    Looks great on my touchpad running CM9. Looks good on my nexus too, the open tab screen is MUCH better. Swipe to close is really slick

  • Fg2srt4

    ICS native slide to dismiss feature is in the window previews. If you slide one of the windows off to the side it gets rid of it, like everywhere else in ICS…except if very pretty on Chrome

  • ddevito

    I think the bridge between Chrome OS and Android just got a bit smaller. It’s only a matter of time now…

  • Anonymous

    No quick controls!!!!!!!!

  • Thelegendofdavid

    Hell 2 the yeah!!!! This is why I got a nexus…so I could try the latest apps while others wait. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    it’s pretty butter-smooth, and i’m loving the UI.

  • It’s working flawlessly on the HTC Rezound with Scott’s CleanRom 2.3 ICS rom.  I love the syncing to the desktop.

  • Keith

    I picked a good day to order a GSM GNex. 

  • Rsavini72

    im liking it so far, im hoping the final product have some quick controls and flash! 

     Fingers Crossed

  • won’t install through market on my TFPrime or through market.android.com to my TF prime…. odd

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Great potential to just put every other browser on Android, out of business. Fantastic so far… I love how my desktop Chrome just synced in literally seconds and the tabs open on my PC show on my Nexus! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    So far…Google Chrome for Android is pretty damn fast…I’m really liking it.

  • fury

    Is anyone in America not finding it in the app store? I can’t find it. I’m Nexus and ICS…

    • Bifflet

      i couldn’t either so i used DL’s market link to get it. 

  • Anonymous

    It also replaced chrome to phone as it has the functionality built in and in a much more user friendly way.

  • RadicalPie

    All I am missing is quick controls and perhaps flash. However I would have to say I am impressed for beta.

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or is the text much clearer than the default browser?

    • RadicalPie

      The text is def more mobile friendly 

  • Anonymous

    incredibly fast

  • angermeans

    Wow! I’m loving it, what a great surprise. Very minimalistic (which is great) and lightweight. I already like it more than the stock browser on my Galaxy Nexus. I wonder if once this is released if it will take the place of the stock browser. 

  • John

    Fyi, when you’re in the tab preview page, move your device upright & back down slowly. Slick

    • RadicalPie


    •  Tab preview is by far the coolest thing about this… I could do that all day, it is BEAUTIFUL!

      • Obi_Shwan

        Exactly what I was thinking.

    • Anonymous

      run your finger up and down does the same effect i noticed.

    • Chris G

      That is flipping brilliant. Thanks for pointing out.

    • If you do it quickly it makes it do a flip 🙂

      • John

        I keep trying. It  only lets me do it so quick

        • Use yo fangers.

          • John

            ? I’m talking about the front flip it does. Not the side flipping/swiping

          • Wait. What? You knew about the flip?

          • John


          • Rofl copter.

          • John



    ICS only 🙁

  • Fury

    I have ICS on my nexus and its not in the app store for me. 

    • It wouldn’t be in Apple’s App Store, it’s only available in the Android Market.

      • Usurper

        I’m pretty sure he was using ‘app store’ as a generic term for the android market, not referring to Apples app store. What are you, the android police? lol

        •  Careful now, knowing Keith here, he’s going to go all gonzo on your lack of an apostrophe in “Apples….”.  He is more than the Android police, he is the SS, the gestapo.    He is Keith Sumner, Android Nazi.

      •  Way to be condescending on the grounds of semantics Keith! 

    • PC_Tool

      Use the direct link.  It’s not searchable yet.

  • Lito31

    This also needs quick controls

    • Anonymous

      Integration of the Quick Controls would be the best of both worlds!  Really hope they add them in the final release.

    • Kenneth Warness

       For real. Until they add quick controls I am sticking with the stock browser.

    • I agree. but the bookmark syncing and tabs work way better in this browser. Plus, don’t forget that this means that updates to the browser can come at any time, not just with OS updates. Which is the best part about this.

  • tanknspank

    “So far, it is only available to Android 4.0 devices. ”

    Son of a biscuit eater! >.>

    • PC_Tool

      “Son of a biscuit eater! >.>”

      I am so stealing that line….

  • Mickey Bennet

    I think the fact that it’s only ICS is total bull. A minuscule margin of devices have it. The RAZR should just update to ICS already. It’s taking far too long.

    • Matthew Rosidivito

      It hasn’t even been on the market an hour. Give it some time. 4.0 is the current version of Android. Don’t be mad at Google for releasing software on the current OS, be mad at Moto for not upgrading yet.

    • ddevito

      it’s a Beta version.

    • Anonymous

      you bought motorola a mistake ive made in the past they take foreeeevvvveerrr to update their devices i bought the galaxy nexus first updates!

  • Lito31

    Um needs flash support NOW

    • Anonymous

      Its a beta, theres no doubt flash support will come eventually. Theres no need to be so demanding.

      • Anonymous

        It’s not going to get Flash support. Adobe is dropping mobile Flash.

  • pilot25

    not in the market for Nexus.  Not showing up.  Is this tablet only?

    • Josh Groff

       Use the direct market link, it won’t be searchable for a little while.

  • Chris

    This feature to view what tabs you have open on your desktop browser is fantastic.

    • Anonymous

      it even says that “it’s pretty awesome” haha. just having this feature is the reason this is going to replace the stock ics broswer for me. SWEET

    • RadicalPie

      you can also view tabs that you have open on any device with it. EX- my xoom shows my desktop and galaxy nexus tabs

  • HerroMoto

    Why don’t these stock google browsers have tabs!? This is the number one reason why I do not use the stock browsers on android phones. I like the quick toggle, but it would be nice if it kept the web address at the top as well. I will probably just stick to using Dolphin. Wish they updated Dolphin Mini more for ICS though.

    • Anonymous

      they do have tabs…. ?  you mean ones that you slide the page left or right and it opens a list of tabs on the side or something?  i like those interfaces much better, but there are still tabs in the stock browsers.

      • HerroMoto

        I meant like on the top of the screen. Swiping is pretty convenient but for some reason I really like to have visible tabs at the top of my screen.

        • Anonymous

           well then i definitely agree.  it takes way too long to do anything with the tabs on the stock browser.

    • RadicalPie

      If you start on the outter edge of the screen and swipe to the left or right it will bring up those tabs… very nice plus has a slick all tabs preview screen.

    • M.Slab

      The ability to flick from tab to tab instead of using up limited screen space is a far better implementation in my opinion.

    • Scott Souder

      I hate when the tabs show. I quit using Dolphin cause it’s cluttered. If you want quick toggle, the labs option in Honeycomb and ICS allow you to switch between tabs rapidly with the flip of your thumb along the right side of the screen.

  • Eyeymnepo

    i am now swollen and blue balled. 

  •  Finally! — Glad to see Google finally is making it available! Excited to try it out.

  • Josh Groff

    Download # 17 😉 Yay me.

  • Maui88

    This is amazing! Switching tabs is so easy and fluid, just swipe left or right on the screen!

    • Josh Groff

       Did you see how it brings up clickable items close together? I’m in love. 🙂

  • RadicalPie


  • Piotr G.

    Downloaded 😉

  • EC8CH

    Come to my Nexus beautiful

  • Anonymous

    First impression: definitely not as smooth as native ICS browser. Not even quite as smooth as the honeycomb browser was.

    • Anonymous

      I have the opposite experience so far.

  • Fg2srt4

    AHHH….You can instantly view tabs from your PC chrome on your android chrome! and the window previews are awesome (like stock ICS but better)

  • Can someone download it and upload the APK?

  • Ics only o well I’ll be testing you later today as soon as my g-nex hits.

  • Evileclipse

    Bummer! Only available for people on ics.

  • This is pretty awesome. The sync the tabs to chrome on the desktop is awesome!

  • That’s nice and all, but why wasn’t this already built into the Android OS already?

  • Anonymous

    I need this on my GT 10.1 ASAP

  • Anonymous

    No gingerbread love? Really?

    • Josh Groff

      All ICS I’m assuming.

    • Nexussss

      Any device that runs 4.0+

  • gdi, reall 4.0 and up?

  • Anonymous

    Can only download it on my AOKP Touchpad. ICS only?

    • Josh Groff

       Yep. 😉 Another reason to love my Sensation.

  • Shaunsr8705

    only for ICS

  • Cldstl76

    Blah only available for 4.0

  • Fg2srt4

    Requires android 4.0 and up

  • Askjfcnwiben


  • Anonymous

    Holy crap on a crapstick!

  • Anonymous

    No Flash support, but slick otherwise.  And ICS only.

  • Anonymous

    Will download it and try it out.

  • not supported on DX

  • John

    Oh HELL yes.

  • Nexussss

    If this goes well it should just replace the stock browser 

    • Mtaylor924

      Yes, Google needs to eliminate duplication of apps for Android!  Replace stock browser with Chrome, replace stock music app with Google Music app, etc.

      • Anonymous

        The stock music app is replaced with Google Music in ICS

      • Anonymous

         i agree, but then the manufacturers would butcher it and call it “Internet” or something.  at least this way it can be downloaded intact.  i’m torn.

        • Anonymous

          I would think the opposite.  Once it is branded Chrome they would not be able to touch it like the other Google branded components.

          • Anonymous

             aaah good call, i didn’t think of it like that.  that would indeed be awesome.

    • Anonymous

      Definitely where it’s headed.

  • Anonymous

    Chrome only loves ICS…

  • cblair

    4.0 only. …………….. -____________________-

  • not compatible with Droid Bionic 

  • Derek Stiles

    Playing with it and it is awesome.

  • Van Hicks, Jr

    Only for ICS, FAIL!!!! Now I am sad.

    • I don’t see how the million people below you didn’t see you complaining about it being ICS only. We get it people, upgrade.

      • Darthseph23

        There is a single device that actually is running 4.0 / ICS stock right now.  Get off the high horse telling people to upgrade. Not everyone can afford the Galaxy Nexus or likes the Galaxy Nexus.

        I will agree with this… MAYBE people should read the damn article.  Kellex points it out right there.  Bitching that it doesn’t work on your device because your device doesn’t meet the requirements is superbly stupid.

        • The Transformer prime got an official ICS release too

    • it’s a beta, not a final product

      • Van Hicks, Jr

        Captain obvious to the rescue!!

        • Honestly, YOU were the captain obvious, so you are the one who appeared foolish and misinformed, thus why he commented on you in the first place.

          • Van Hicks, Jr

            Maybe I saved some people some time from having to go through a few click and finding out the way I did. 😛

          • Anonymous

            People who can’t read a 2 sentence article probably can’t be saved.

          •  …or, maybe it’s just a matter of being a juvenile attention whore who rarely misses an opportunity — no matter how tenuous or pathetic — to keep his name before the public? 🙂

          • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      Chrome looks slick as hell….but what’s even more of a fail is the utter lack of ICS devices on the market or even firmly announced on the horizon.   The RAZR “developer edition” should have been launched with stock ICS to hold everyone over until Moto gets Blur atop ICS. 

      When on earth are we going to have a new superphone with a 4.5″+ 720p screen AND expandable storage running ICS out of the box?  I am so tired of seeing mildly refreshed Gingerbread phones (Droid 4, RAZR MAXX, endless SGS II variants).   Also disappointing is the lack of ICS updates to the various HC tablets out there.  There is no carrier certification foolishness to deal with so why such a huge delay?  I would have thought that the OG Transformer, the Iconia A500 and maybe the Thrive would all have received ICS officially by now.