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Chrome for Android..worth installing!

Google’s Chrome browser has been growing steadily and now holds an 19% market share only three points behind second place Firefox. The selling point is its raw speed, minimalist look and background not to mention the regular updates with new features added pretty much every six weeks.

Now Google has released a version of its popular browser for Android. I have been using since on my HTC Sensation it was released last week and I am impressed..although I am surprised it took Google so long. Chrome for Android is fast and finally brings proper tabbed browsing to smartphones and tablets. It works a stack of cards in your hand, each one a seperate browsing window, it makes it a lot easier to find what you are looking for. It also means clicking on links on a browser web page does not necessarily mean you’ll lose the page where you started.

Fast browsing with accelerated page loading is not all you get..all your bookmarks are synced as well as the last open tabs on all your other devices..I find that really helpful moving from phone to desktop and back. You can also send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go,even if you’re offline. As well and there are multiple sharing options on the mobile version..and there is icognito browsing on the go as well.

That was the good news..the bad news it is a beta and only available on the 1% of devices currently running Android v4 Ice Cream Sandwich and only in a dozen countries see http://goo.gl/6ARvc. If you are able to try it you will find it is surprisingly bug free and stable for a beta. Chrome for Google also does not include Flash as Google figures it is pretty much obsolete.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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