Google has announced the beta release of an Android version of their popular Chrome web browser. The Android app promises the same speed and simplicity fans love in the desktop version of Chrome. Features of the app include the same omnibox found on the desktop version, as well as seamless integration of Chrome’s browser sync capabilities. That means that Chrome on your phone or tablet will have the same bookmarks, favorites, auto-complete suggestions, and even the same open tabs as Chrome on your desktop or laptop computer.
Chrome for Android also includes a feature rarely seen on smartphone browsers: tabbed browsing. Though Apple introduced tabs to the iPad version of Safari with iOS 5, tabbed browsing on phones of any kind – Apple or Android – has proven tricky. Chrome for Android appears to have done a good job, however.
Chrome for Android is compatible with phones and tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is, unsurprisingly, available for free in the Android App Market. Chrome is currently in beta. Of course, beta doesn’t mean for Google what it means for everyone else, so you can probably expect a polished, well-made app.
Google announced the release of Chrome for Android on their Google+Blog%29″>blog today. The post includes a video showing off some of what Chrome for Android can do.
Chrome for Android looks pretty slick. Check it out for yourself, then let us know what you think in the comments.