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18 Apr 12 Android Chrome starts to fill out features


Chrome for Android beta.

(Credit:
Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Google has pushed out a new version of the Ice Cream Sandwich-only Chrome for Android beta today, with minor feature changes that will nevertheless make it more usable.

Along with broad multilanguage support, the browser now lets you reload a Web site in Desktop mode. The support for the desktop user agent means that the occasional site that looks funny on your phone or
tablet can appear in its more familiar Chrome-for-desktop clothes.

You can also now add Chrome bookmarks as shortcuts on your
Android Home screen, so you can launch directly into frequently visited sites. App support has improved, too, as links opened in Chrome that recognize a complementary app installed on your phone give you the option in most cases of jumping into the app. This can be useful on sites like Yelp.

On the more technical side, Chrome now properly interacts with the device Wi-Fi proxy, if you have one configured. Web developers ought to take note: this version of Chrome for Android also tweaks the user-agent specification, which is the code that tells a Web site which browser is being used to view it.

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17 Apr 12 Android Chrome starts to fill out features


Chrome for Android beta.

(Credit:
Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Google has pushed out a new version of the Ice Cream Sandwich-only Chrome for Android beta today, with minor feature changes that will nevertheless make it more usable.

Along with broad multi-language support, the browser now lets you re-load a Web site in desktop mode. The support for the desktop user agent means that the occasional site that looks funny on your phone or
tablet can appear in its more familiar Chrome-for-desktop clothes.

You can also now add Chrome bookmarks as shortcuts on your
Android Home screen, so you can launch directly into frequently-visited sites. App support has improved, too, as links opened in Chrome that recognize a complementary app installed on your phone give you the option in most cases of jumping into the app. This can be useful on sites like Yelp.

On the more technical side, Chrome now properly interacts with the device Wi-Fi proxy, if you have one configured. Web developers ought to take note: this version of Chrome for Android also tweaks the user-agent specification, which is the code that tells a Web site which browser is being used to view it.

Article source: http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-57415336-12/android-chrome-starts-to-fill-out-features/

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24 Oct 11 Microsoft signs Compal to Android-Chrome licensing deal


Microsoft announced today it had signed another hardware maker to a patent-protection deal, marking the milestone of having half the world’s original design manufacturers on board with its
Android-Chrome licensing effort.

China-based Compal Electronics will pay undisclosed royalties to the software giant for use of Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems used in smartphones,
tablet, and other consumer electronics, the company said.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, said in a statement. “Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio.”

Rather than going after Google for patent violations, Microsoft has targeted device makers, pressing them to license Microsoft’s patents that it alleges Android and Chrome infringe upon. Earlier this month, Microsoft signed Quanta Computer to an Android licensing deal for both operating systems. In July, Microsoft reached a deal with another Taiwanese contract manufacturer, Wistron, over Chrome.

Microsoft has sued Barnes Noble for violating patents that cover its Nook electronic reader, which runs on Android, and Motorola, alleging that several of the handset maker’s Android devices infringe on Microsoft patents.

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24 Oct 11 Microsoft signs Compal to Android-Chrome licensing deal


Microsoft announced today it had signed another hardware maker to a patent-protection deal, marking the milestone of having half the world’s original design manufacturers on board with its
Android-Chrome licensing effort.

China-based Compal Electronics will pay undisclosed royalties to the software giant for use of Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems used in smartphones,
tablet, and other consumer electronics, the company said.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, said in a statement. “Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio.”

Rather than going after Google for patent violations, Microsoft has targeted device makers, pressing them to license Microsoft’s patents that it alleges Android and Chrome infringe upon. Earlier this month, Microsoft signed Quanta Computer to an Android licensing deal for both operating systems. In July, Microsoft reached a deal with another Taiwanese contract manufacturer, Wistron, over Chrome.

Microsoft has sued Barnes Noble for violating patents that cover its Nook electronic reader, which runs on Android, and Motorola, alleging that several of the handset maker’s Android devices infringe on Microsoft patents.

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20124374-75/microsoft-signs-compal-to-android-chrome-licensing-deal/

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