Mobile browsing has reached another milestone as Hugo Barra, Google’s product management director for Android showed off the new Chrome app for Android smartphones at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2012 at Barcelona. According to Barra, the new Chrome app for Android was created by teams from Chrome and Android that aimed to develop a browser that is not only fast but clean and simple as well, not to mention that it meets all security requirements too.
To really wow the audience, Hugo Barra made use of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G smartphone and demonstrated the mobile browser’s impressive features for web browsing and fast load times. In addition to that, Barra also said that the Chrome app for Android is able to predict the webpage you want to go to as you type the URL and is already preloading the page as you do so resulting to unprecedented fast load times like we’ve never seen before on a smartphone.
The Chrome for Android Beta app is already available in US shores as the United States is already included in the list of countries where the app has been made available but since the app will only run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, only the portion of the population rocking a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G will get to enjoy super-fast browsing using the Chrome for Android Beta app for now. In the meantime, let us check out the impressive specs sheet of the “chosen” handset which is lucky enough to have ICS in its innards with our mini-review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G below.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G reached official status back in October and was announced alongside the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest iteration of the Google mobile operating system. The handset packs a curved design in a form factor that has measurements of 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm while its catch weight is pegged at 135 grams.
Under the hood, we see the fire-breathing components that line the internals of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G. At the heart of its operations, a Texas Instruments OMAP4460 chipset powers the operating system of the handset while a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor running at a clock speed of 1.2 GHz is paired with a full gigabyte of RAM to ensure that the performance of the handset remains perpetually snappy and stutter-free. The storage space of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G is pegged at 16GB but sad to say, the handset does not come with a dedicated microSD card slot for memory expansion purposes. As for its display, the 4.65-inch SuperAMOLED panel of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G also has a curved design as it follows the profile of its chassis and its resolution is at 1280 x 720 pixels with the panel itself given an oleophobic coating to protect it from unsightly scratches. One of the pain points of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G though is its below-par 5MP rear shooter while its front-facing 1.3MP camera completes the camera ensemble of the handset.
Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G is not as perfect as we want it to be, it still has impressive specs to bring to the table and the fact that it already got first dibs on ICS, and consequently, Chrome for Android Beta which takes mobile browsing a notch higher, the handset remains by far the best Android-powered smarpthone to hit the market. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G starting at just $99.