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Chrome for Android Could Leave Beta in a Matter of Weeks

According to Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior VP of Chrome and Apps, the Android version of Chrome is in beta 2 and on the verge of leaving it for good in the coming weeks. After launching in early February, we have already seen at least two updates to the app that has quickly become one of the most popular browsers on the platform. In “beta 2” it sounds as if there won’t be any major changes, and instead the focus has been put on stability and bug squashing:

“We launched beta 2. We addressed a few things,” Pichai said. “Mainly right now, I’m driven by bug quality and stability. We are triaging, tracking, and trying to make it very stable. It is in a matter of weeks.”

I’m about 90% happy with Chrome on Android at this point. Give me the quick controls that are found in the stock ICS browser and I’d be up to about 98%. Toss in Flash, just for kicks, and you may have the best browser ever built for a mobile device.

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Via:  CNET | AndroidGuys

  • the1casey

    if i could swipe the bottom of the screen and get a quick menu for bookmarks, tabs, etc like the stock one x browser, I’d use chrome. as it is now, takes me 2 extra steps to get to any page i want.

  • I can’t wait till the rest of us GB mortals can use Chrome.

  • Rickerbilly

    I use Dolphin because I use NOAA sites every day. I NEED Flash. Period.

  • are there themes for chrome beta that i didnt know about?

  • Kboss

    I finally switched back to the stock browser on the transformer prime. Chrome is way to choppy and slow for some reason

  • NYAvsFan

    Using quick ICS browser. Very fast, has the quick controls and flash. An improvement on stock. Really need to get flash on the Chrome browser before I’m on board.

  • impact

    I love Chrome for Android but one thing that I can’t seem to find or is hidden is your history.  How can you pull up your history so you can quickly visit previous sites?

  • LiterofCola

    Until this whole flash thing is worked out, ill keep running Dolphin.

  • Remove the hardware acceleration requirements, and then I can try the damn thing.

  • Kisuk3

    The latest update to chrome has doubled loading times and made some sites (wikipedia) completely unusable.

    I really enjoyed it on release but find myself using it less and less.

  • Aesirx

    Kellex, if you’re gonna run a sight that focuses on Verizon Android devices, you gotta use a Verizon phone in article photos.
    Pretty obvious advice, but you’ve done it so many times, I’m not sure you realize how bad of a light this casts on the Verizon phones, which for the first time in a long while don’t suck ass. You’re giving your rival android news sites free advertising, and it’s kind of dumb.

    As for Chrome… needs Flash, needs quick controls blah blah blah

    • Towelie420

      There’s really only two Verizon devices that don’t suck a$$.. the rezound and gnex. Anything Motorola is locked down garbage

  • JMonkeYJ

    i still almost exclusively use Chrome, but its speed is the big problem for me. it often pauses for a good 5 seconds when a page first starts loading and becomes unresponsive. if you tap anywhere during that time, it interprets it as a tap and hold when it unfreezes. super, super annoying. i really hope they address that before bringing it out of beta.

    also i reeeeaaalllly wish it had flash, but i understand that’s not google’s choice 🙁

  • Booboolala2000

    Never stopped. When i am on my Nexus. On the RAZR Maxx obviously not.

  • dsass600

    Chome browser is so dam slow. I deleted it after a week.

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Dolphin for me…

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  • GazaIan

    Chrome has been pretty good to me but its not ready to leave beta.

  • 11knives

    Have not stopped using crome since I got my Galaxy Nexus.

  • James

    Not sure if it’s just Swiftkey that has the problem with Chrome Beta.. but if they don’t fix the serious lag when typing the first few letters in the address/search bar I won’t be using Chrome.

  • ABerry5

    You actually don’t realize how often you need flash until you use chrome.. if it supported flash I’d be at near 100%… flash on ICS is flawless in my experience.. stutter and lag free without even needing to be zoomed in.. but chrome is damn nice otherwise.. quick controls.. inverted colors and fix the comment thread rendering and it should no longer be considered beta

  • It’s simple for me… no home icon, no flash, no chrome.

  • eze4

    Nah I’m not using it but it’s still installed just in case it gets better.

  • brando56894

    I’m completely happy with it and use it all the time on my HTC Rezound.

  • EatUrCrap

    I love Chrome

  • cancerous_it

    No flash is a big fail.  If I wanted to try to convince myself that flash doesn’t matter, I’d be using an Iphone.

    • im with u its a great browser but i want flash

      • Goldenpins

        I agree but people seam to be forgetting Adobe is not supporting there mobile Flash version anymore. They will have to break away or use a 3rd party browser. Ive been using since the start and its getting better. 

  • MrSteve920

    They need to make it so that Chrome doesn’t use so much memory in the background when not open but still in recent apps. If it’s in recent apps it uses about 50mb of memory vs. the stock browser only using 10mb.

  • Taglogical

    Note this: Android is Beta. Everything ‘By Google for Android’ is Beta.

  • Bionic

    I’m still using dolphin until chrome is proven better. I love chrome on desktop computers though.

  • RandomRant

    Chrome for Android has two big problems that I think need to be adressed before it’s released

    1) The new tab screen comes up horribly slow. I’m not sure what they need to do to fix it but something needs to be done. The new tab screen just takes way to long to load.

    2) The omnibar lag is completley frustrating. Hell, it’s to the point that I’d rather the omnibar not actively load suggestions while I type, if it means I don’t have to deal with the terrible lag during input.

    • Gr8Ray

       I hate the way most forums render in Chrome for Android.  It’s nearly impossible to use.

    • KevinC

      see the issue i logged: 

      i really hope they fix it…it’s annoying.

    • EC8CH

      when I upgraded to AOKP 32 (android 4.04) I noticed the omibar lag was gone.  I think the lag is more an android 4.02 than a Chrome issue. 

      • lamenting

        This was my biggest issue (Omnibar lag).. drives me nuts. I’m on AOKP M4.

    • Sqube

      I think the new tab is checking for other synced Chrome accounts? That would explain some of the lag. 

    • My biggest concern is it has serious force close issues when running custom ROMs. Maybe it is just me, but I have CM9 on my Kindle, and Touchpad, and stock ICS for my SGS II and Chrome freezes out on all of them.

      I can hardly ever get in and it goes bye bye when trying to render a page.

    • RandomPost

      For 2nd issue, go to settings->bandwidth management->preload webpages and turn it off. Fixed the omnibar lag for me on the gnex.

  • Towelie420

    Call me a snob, but i seriously dont understand how people are claiming chrome is better than the stock browser withoit it having flash support.  With that said, does anyone else think that google wants to somehow adopt flash for this browser?  couldnt they do one of these three things:     
    1: persuade adobe to develop flash for chrome mobile.
    2: take it upon themselves to develop flash for chrome mobile.
    3: use the code that exists from the desktop version of chrome and translate it over.

  • GSAI

    Am I the only one who still finds Chrome beta unbearably slow and unusable? I can’t stand it, and it’s nothing compared to the stock ICS browser. I used to use it a lot before I realized the stock browser opened links a good whole 15 seconds faster every time. Not to mention the app crashes a lot, and it takes a massive amount of time just to load up the “new tab” screen, which should be instant.

    • Gr8Ray

      It’s not just you.  I was convinced all the lag/freezing issues I was having were my custom ROM/Kernel misbehaving until I stopped using Chrome, and all my lag issues magically disappeared. 

    • teleclimber

      Try clearing all data and the cache for the chrome app.  That worked for me last night. (Neat thing is, since it syncs your history, etc… you don’t lose your address bar “guesses” — typing the letter “d” still brings up http://droid-life.com first, heh)

    • Justin

      I agree… I’ll get a page loading and try scrolling down the page and there’ll be a big image and it just won’t scroll until the page is completely loaded. That’s unacceptable to me. I still use it as my main browser, but its super annoying.

  • stnkycheezman

    Anybody use “ICS+ browser”? It’s based on stock ICS browser but a little faster, supports flash, has custom quick controls and can set all browsing to desktop sites in the settings. 

    • stnkycheezman

      and by custom quick controls, I mean you yeah you can add your own shortcuts. but you can also change the size of them, you can have 2 separate rings of controls and you can adjust how far off the screen you can press to activate the ring pop up

    • kixofmyg0t

      I use ICS Browser+ on my Xoom. Everything else I use Dolphin HD except for my ICS devices with 512MB of RAM. For them I use Dolphin Mini. They can run Dolphin HD just fine but I try to keep it everything light on lower RAM devices.

  • guest

    How do you set a webpage as your home page on chrome? I can’t seem to figure this out in previous versions.

  • jdrch

    No Flash support = No deal. I use a combination of Chrome, Firefox Aurora & Nightly

    • John

      How is FF for Android these days?

      • Hoff16

         Not bad tbh, i’ve been using it for awhile and it has had phone ->comp and comp -> phone syncing WAYYYYY before chrome decided to add it. It is also quite snappy as well but having never used chrome I can’t really compare.

        • John

          I had only tried FF for Andorid when they very first announced an alpha (or may have been a beta). It was bad back then, but then again… I was on an old POS phone

      • jdrch

        Aurora is the most stable bleeding edge version. It supports Flash, add-ons (including AdBlock Plus & Phony for UA switching), desktop syncing, in-app updates (i.e. updates are delivered directly from Mozilla instead of via Google Play) and a native Android UI.

        But of course, since this is a Google Kool-Aid* site it’s never mentioned here. Instead we get hype about Chrome – which can’t even play Flash or persistently and globally switch its UA or support extensions – and Drive, which is more expensive than SkyDrive

        *I love Android, but hyping everything Google does makes me -_____-

  • Azndan4

    Needs inverted rendering and it renders pages slower than stock ics browser

    • 123

      Yes, page rendering is a lot slower than stock

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Did they add the ICS “quick access” controls?

  • Ashylarry5500

    I use both because in the flash heavy websites of today its hard to walk away from a browser that is compatible with it completely for one that isn’t. Stock browser is still probably one of the best mobile browsers ever.

  • SD_Scott

    Still use it but definitely need flash…

  • Rick

    home icon and quick access to my favorites is all I ask..

  • Michael_NM

    “Bug quality?” He must have come from Moto.

  • Bionicman

    its definitively fast but i never hated stock to begin with so i mainly use that so far. plus so many sites still use flash

  • Can’t use it, friggin’ Droid X2 isn’t getting Ice Cream Sandwich… Sometimes I hate Motorola…

    • And not your DX2? I’ve been dying to get rid of my POS since Big Red “upgraded” my phone on a tech visit. Just days away from the Nexus…and then days from that rooting…and then days from that, regretting my decision to upgrade at the beginning of Q2.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Even I will admit the X2 is a POS. Are you at least running CM7? I hooked a friend of mine with a X2 with CM7 and it runs smooth. 

      I actually looked for a CM9/Gummy/AOKP build for your X2 and came up empty. When you upgrade….I may be interested in buying your old X2.

  • DAFUQ! Is that a theme?
    (Chrome) It’s alright. Better than stock at least.

  • Greg Morgan

    No, until more sites use HTML 5, I’ll use stock for Flash.

    • Robhimself79

      I have a website to punch in for work. I can’t use any buttons on it. In the stock browser I can. That and lack of flash is keeping me from going completely over. Flash isn’t going anywhere for at least a few years.

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