Chrome for Android

Heads up, boys and girls. Android's Chrome browser (still in beta, natch) just got a pretty significant update. Here's what's new:

  • You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.

Huzzah! Remember that Chrome is still only available for devices with Ice Cream Sandwich. We've got download links after the break if you need 'em.

There are 22 comments

KineticMD says:

FINALLY we can use desktop sites. The best mobile browser gets better (even though this is a pretty basic feature).

vansmack says:

Plus we can finally use it on a tablet...big plus.

88 FLUX says:

Not sure why you're saying "finally". I've been using it on my Xoom since the day the beta came out.

Semli says:

As above. Been using it on my Xoom without any problems since release.

Awesome browser!

briankurtz79 says:

Its still un usable. Just crashed twice while writing this and had to switch to the browser. Scrolling is horrendous as well. Hope this is fixed soon. E4gt cm9 a2

blipp says:

"Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome."

Hopefully YouTube videos will now give the option to open in the app instead of using the crappy HTML5 player in the browser

Masheen says:

It gets annoying when it says no plugin available and shows a grayed out box in a video's place.

icebike says:

Oh, I don't know, thats the way I run the Stock Browser too. Why would I want to run whack-the-monkey animations on every page?

tberman333 says:

The update is great... fixes the two biggest issues for me (You Tube and Maps now give the options to open in apps rather than in Chrome)!

88 FLUX says:

I'll play around with it later. But is the "request the desktop" feature a permanent option or is it like in the stock ICS browser where you have to select it each time you want to use it each time you go to a site? Why can't they just give us a UAString option in the advanced/dev settings?

tberman333 says:

It is a checkbox in the settings (and seems to stay checked until you uncheck it)

Kmcferrin says:

Woohoo! Best Android news I've had in weeks!

icebike says:

Guess I'll go see what all the fuss is about. Stock browser was gaining Chrome like features on ICS, so I had forgotten about this.

It appears very fast. But at 62 meg, it quickly took over the number one spot on my App list sorted by size, 3 times larger than the next closest entry.

greyhd says:

This is why I deleted the App from my phone, don't understand why it uses up so much memory.

AtanRaca says:

Finally, I can use this on my tablet.

Kmcferrin says:

What changed to allow this? I've been using Chrome on my Transformer Prime since the initial beta was released with no problems. Unless you mean that your tablet finally got ICS?

crzycrkr says:

Getting a package error when trying to update. NS4G running AOKP 31

edmicman says:

Silly question, but how do you view your history in the Android Chrome? If it's not synced to your desktop version, that is.

primetime34 says:

+1 to this. I have no idea how to do this on my Transformer. Anybody know how to do this (if it is possible)?

tim242 says:

Now, we just need full page view.

GrimStranger says:

How does one add bookmarks to home screen?

I poked around but it's still not apparent to me how to do this.

Not able to use on RAZR xt912. Please fix