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Chrome for Android Receives Update – Requesting Desktop Sites, Bookmarks as Shortcuts, and Proxy Support Included

Chrome for Android received an update this morning, bringing with it the requesting of desktop or mobile sites, ability to add bookmarks to your home screens, and more. There aren’t quick controls yet, but at least we are seeing regular updates to one of the best Android browsers available. The app is now available in 31 languages and in all countries that support the Google Play store.


  • You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.

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Cheers bjcroteau!

  • This seems like a long overdue app update.  Chrome is my favorite browser and I’m surprised it took this long to include bookmarks, of all things.  I think it’s great that it allows for both the desktop and mobile version of a site, since not all mobile sites contain as many features as the desktop site.

    However, with that being said, the desktop version might be a moot point since Android Chrome doesn’t support the current version of Flash.  If Adobe has ceased production on further versions of Flash for mobile, that’s quite unfortunate for Android Chrome.  

  • Tim242

    As soon as it has full page view, I’ll switch from stock.

  • OhAaron

    It is an effing Beta product! Quit bitching. It will get better. This is Google. Think about Chrome on your PC.

  • RehabDJ

    Would be even more interesting if desktop version worked on Google sites.

  • crazysamz

    I’ve been using Chrome for quite some time now, and I’ve always remembered having the “load desktop site” option…
    I won’t fully commit to switching to Chrome until it handles video better (even youtube sucks on it) or supports flash, and I would like my quick controls;

    Otherwise it’s awesome and super fast

  • Bjcroteau

    At least the desktop option is somewhat there lol. But yah the favorite apps is very nice.

  • “Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.” FINALLY. That was the biggest reason I kept the stock browser around… now I only need it for Flash 😛

    • Bodhiballer

      I came here to post that.  FINALLY.  

    • Inquizitor

      FINALLY, FINALLY! Dear god, this was the only reason I didn’t use Chrome. Thank god.

      Also, no flash is a plus. Yuck.

  • Rickerbilly

    And still no Flash. = FAIL. Dolphin still wins.

    • Justin Hunt

      Dolphin is great too, but I really hate flash. I don’t even install it.

    • flosserelli

      The lack of flash isn’t always a bad thing. 80% of flash content is ads I’m not interested in seeing anyway.

      • ABerry5

        I don’t get why anyone would say they enjoy no flash

        U know u can set plugins to “on demand” in the settings menu and any flash content shows up with an arrow that u must push for it to be loaded… so every site u go to no flash loads and it is just as speedy as a non flash browser.. but when u need flash u click it and walah! Flash is awesome I watch local news video clips all the time

        In this picture below you see all the white boxes with arrows in the center? That’s flash content and when I click it it loads… why would anyone consider not having the option of this? If u don’t want it don’t use it.. but that one in 10 year time u need flash its there

    • Diablo81588

      Agreed. This update just added stuff that almost every other available browser on Android has already. And, it STILL doesn’t have flash support. Yawn.

      • Tim242

        It never will.have Flash support. Adobe is no longer making Flash for mobile.

        • Diablo81588

          Just because Adobe isn’t developing new versions doesn’t mean that they couldn’t make Chrome compatible with the current version. How about at least an option to turn it on or off, like every other browser with flash support?

          • Tim242

            Adobe is still supporting current browsers. But, they said no new browsers would be supported.

    • Tim242

      It never will.have Flash support. Adobe is no longer making Flash for mobile.

  • Azndan4

    It needs inverted rendering

  • Jeradc

    Can I use this on my phone yet? Droid Razr

    • LiterofCola

      Not yet

  • Kidd_Funkadelic

    WooHoo! Finally they added support for mouse scroll wheel and PgUp/PgDown/Home/End so on the Transformer Prime it’s actually useful w/ the keydock + mouse.

  • Bolton Alford

    Ever since it was released, I have been using it, but they need to add a mobile history feature..like c’mon!

  • WallyIAm

    Patiently awaiting ICS…

  • Jak_341

    Stock, Chrome, Firefox, Dolphin. Sometime too much choice isn’t a good thing.

  • Pages still won’t load for me, probably because I’m running the D3 CM9 rom, but still 🙁

  • WP7’s web browser sucks!

    • What does that have anything to do with the article?

      Oh thats right, nothing

    • Bionicman

      that was a random comment. funny…but random

  • ModestMuse

    Why can’t I permanently request desktop versions? When browsing on the Transformer, I always want to see the desktop version….

  • Michael_NM

    Speaking of desktop versus mobile version of websites. Why does my favorite blog always default to the desktop version on my phone?

    • Michael Forte

      Scroll to the bottom and switch to mobile version. It’s stayed on mobile for me and I’m using Chrome.

      • Michael_NM

        Yes, however, I wish it would default this way. I’m a cache and history clearing fiend. So, this has to done with some regularity for me. Not a big deal, but it would be nice if it was the default the way Android Life is. 🙂

        • Michael Forte

          I agree it should default to mobile version and have noticed when you clear cache it defaults back to the desktop version.

          • LiterofCola

            I feel the opposite, I always prefer viewing the desktop version.  I wish there was a browser option to always default to either one.

          • snowblind64

            Same here. Our phones handle the full desktop version just fine. Why would I want to limit myself to the crappy mobile version of a site?

      • Android-Life defaults to mobile, why can’t Droid-Life? It used to default to it, but stopped one day for no reason.

    • I wanted to know that as well, where is the mobile version of Droid life?

      • Michael Forte

        At the bottom of the page in pink it says switch to mobile version.

      • Justin

        I had this problem too.. I just decided to bookmark the mobile URL. Now I always get mobile. 🙂

        URL: http://www.droid-life.com/?wptouch_switch=mobile&redirect=%2F

        • Noyfb

          I hate mobile version, wish it would go away/ discontinue.

        • Noyfb

          I hate mobile version, wish it would go away/ discontinue.

    • Sobr0801

      Love that it defaults to desktop.

  • Michael Forte

    I <3 Chrome!

  • CheeseMcGee

    I believe this now officially replaces the stock browser for me!

    • Sobr0801

      Me as well.