If you’re running the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, a.k.a. Android 4.0, on your smartphone or tablet, you can run along right now and download Chrome for Android.
The latest addition to the Chrome family is a mobile beta that brings a (purportedly) better and faster browsing experience to Android devices. Perhaps most exciting of all, it allows for the desktop-to-mobile syncing and sign-ins we have loved so much in competitor Firefox for Android.
“Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalized web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices,” wrote Chrome-focused Googler Sundar Pichai on the company blog.
Similarly, Firefox for Android (which started out as a mobile project codenamed Fennec) brings the famous Firefox Sync (which synchronizes tabs, settings, and personal data from Firefox on any other platform), a streamlined interface, and blazing speed.
Far be it from Google to let Mozilla have the upper hand in Android mobile browsers, though. It’ll be interesting to see how the two browsers compare — at least on Android 4.0 devices. We’ll have to wait and see whether Google ever rolls out a Chrome for Android beta for 2.X and 3.X devices.
Here’s a demo video:
Pinchai said the tabbed browsing gestures work “as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands” and that the browser includes an incognito mode.
The beta is available now on the Android Market. Go give it a shot and let us know what you think.
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