Google launches Chrome for Android

2012-02-08 09:40

Cape Town - Google announced that the Chrome browser is available for Android devices.

"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," Sundar Pichai, Google SVP for Chrome and Apps wrote on the Google blog.

Google launched Chrome in 2008 and the open-sourced browser now commands 28% of the market, second to Microsoft's Internet Explorer (37%).

It overtook Firefox (now at 24%) in November 2011 and Safari (7%) and Opera (2%) round out the five browsers.

Chrome for Android automatically zooms to assist in display on smaller screens and Google says that it is as secure as the desktop version of the software.

"One of the biggest pains of mobile browsing is selecting the correct link out of several on a small-screen device. 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," said Pichai.

The sign-in feature allows the use of the browser across many devices.

  • jan.roodt1 - 2012-02-08 10:20

    Google is slowly but surely busy becoming the major player in the market. It will get interesting when Microsoft must start dropping their prices to keep their reduced portion of the market.

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