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In an official Google Chrome blog post published Tuesday, the company emphasized that the mobile browser is all about speed and simplicity. The new browser boasts seamless sign-in and sync to ensure a personalized experience across devices.
But there’s a catch: the Android Beta is only available for Android 4.0 devices. The vast majority — that is, 99% of Android devices that have accessed the market in the last two weeks — don’t run Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
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Out of roughly 200 million active Android devices, it is estimated that just 2 million run Ice Cream Sandwich.
Tabbed browsing, a beloved staple of Chrome on the desktop, will also be the highlight of the mobile browser. The blog post also notes that the browser loads search results as you type to guarantee speedy searches.
Chrome is available for download in the Android Market for users in the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
The mobile browser had only received a handful of reviews when we wrote this post, all of which give it either four of five stars.
Chrome, first launched in 2008, has taken an increasing chunk of web traffic each year. In December 2011, it jumped ahead of Mozilla Firefox to become the world’s number two desktop browser. According to Google‘s numbers from October 2011, the browser has more than 200 million users worldwide.
Do you have Ice Cream Sandwich? Let us know if you’ve tested Google Chrome’s first mobile browser. Do you like the tabbed browsing? As for other Android users, are you disappointed that Google isn’t serving up Chrome for you yet? Let us know in the comments below.
This story originally published on Mashable here.