Android Ice Cream Sandwich Gets Delicious Chrome Topping

Paul Lilly

Depending on whose market share numbers you believe, Google Chrome is the second or third most popular browser on the desktop, by a hair either way. Now you can download Chrome on your Android smartphone or tablet, but only if you're running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It's available as a beta app in the Android Market, and just like the desktop version, Google said it focused on speed and simplicity.

Chrome for Android sports the same V8 JavaScript engine found in the desktop build, but was constructed from the ground up for mobile devices.

"We reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet," Google said in a blog post . "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."

Chrome for Android makes clicking on links easier by zooming in and presenting a "Link Preview." If you sign in to Chrome, you can sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer. And of course there's the ever popular Incognito mode for, uh, shopping surprise gifts for your significant other.

You can download Chrome for Android here .

Image Credit: Google

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