The Google Chrome browser will now become the default web browser application for Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean. This was announced yesterday at the Google I/O developer conference. The Google Chrome browser has been available for Android users, in beta stage, since earlier this year.
The Chrome browser has now reached the stable state and is available for download in the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the Chrome browser with all its advanced capabilities, cannot be supported by any Android operating system lower than the Ice Cream Sandwich. Now, that is bad news indeed, since the number of Android users with a compatible device is less than 10 per cent of the total number owning an Android device.
The Chrome browser was expected to become Android’s default browser from the day Android was born but it has been missing ever since. Only this year did we see the beta version of Chrome make its appearance at the Google Play store. The Chrome browser, in its stable state, continues to offer a simple and yet fast browsing experience, one which we have come to love. Last week also saw an advanced, fast and upgraded version of the native Firefox browser makes its way into Android devices. Firefox is compatible with Android versions 2.2 and upwards. A good choice who as of yet cannot use the Chrome browser.
So, which is your browser of choice on your Android device?
Here is a list of features that Chrome offers:
– Search and navigate faster, directly from the same box. Choose from the results that appear as you type.
– Browse faster with accelerated page loading, scrolling and zooming.
Simple, intuitive experience
– Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your phone, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On your tablet, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.
– Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet. Pick up right where you left off.
– Send pages from Chrome on your computer to Chrome on your phone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even when you’re offline.
– Browse privately in Incognito mode.”