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11 Feb 12 Chrome browser comes to Android at last

Google has released a version of its Chrome browser for smartphones and mobile devices running the search giant’s Android operating system.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome and apps, said Chrome for Android Beta features seamless sign-in and sync for a personalized web browsing experience.

“Chrome is now available in Beta from Android Market, in select countries and languages for phones and tablets with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich,” Pichai said in a blog post.

Pichai said Chrome users “can scroll through web pages as quickly as you can flick your finger.”

It can load top search results in the background as a user types so pages appear instantly.

“You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web,” Pichai said.

Privacy is available via the incognito mode, while signing into Chrome allows one to view tabs left open on one’s computer, “picking up exactly where you left off.”

A separate article on PC Magazine said Chrome for Android incorporates support for many of the latest HTML5 features.

“With hardware-accelerated canvas, overflow scroll support, strong HTML5 video support, and new capabilities such as Indexed DB, WebWorkers and Web Sockets, Chrome for Android is a solid platform for developing web content on mobile device,” it quoted Arnaud Weber, a Chrome engineering manager, as saying in a separate post.

But PC Mag also noted Chrome for Android will not support Adobe Flash.

It quoted Adobe as saying Chrome for Android Beta does not support Flash content. — TJD, GMA News

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