Google has introduced a beta version of its flagship Chrome browser for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphones and tablets.
Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is designed for speed and simplicity, but also boasts seamless sign-in and sync options across multiple devices.
According to Google exec Sundar Pichai, Chrome for Android was coded from the ground up for next-gen smartphones and tablets.
“We reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet,” he explained.
”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. [Meanwhile], Link Preview does away with hunting and pecking for links on a web page by automatically zooming in on links to make selecting the precise one easier.”
Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android also features incognito mode for private browsing and fine-grained privacy options – tap menu icon, ‘Settings,’ and then ‘Privacy.’
Additional features include:
- Sign in – If you sign in to Chrome on your Android device, you can access tabs left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome), picking up exactly where you left off.
- Smarter suggestions – If you visit a site often on your computer, you’ll also get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.
- Sync bookmarks – Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you’re using.