Chrome, Google’s signature internet browser, was released for Android devices to much acclaim. Released in 2008, Chrome has been a big hit with internet users and is currently the world’s second most used browser having overtaken Firefox in November last year. It currently holds a 28.4% market share and is increasing whereas market leader Internet Explorer, with 37% of the market, is in decline.
The Chrome browser has attained a reputation among users for simplicity and speed and it brings these same qualities to its Android version in spades. It is designed for superfast search that loads top search results as the user types so they are available almost instantly. It also retains tab features which make for intuitive switching between webpages.
Another deliberately user friendly feature is that the Android Chrome browser has a link preview feature that zooms in on links, making it easier to navigate the web despite the smaller smartphone screen size.
One of the outstanding advantages of the new browser is its purpose built integration with a user’s other devices that utilise Chrome. By signing into a Google account, it is possible to seamlessly synchronise bookmarks. It also allows users to view open tabs on another machine that is signed into the same Chrome account.
Chrome for Android has been widely praised by reviewers on the web, but it currently has one major drawback: it suffers from limited availability. It is currently only available in beta for Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, although there are plans to roll it out across the entire Android platform.