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Google Chrome launches beta version for Android devices

Android devices have welcomed the latest release of Google Chrome, which sees popular features of the desktop platform brought to a range of mobile phones and tablets.

One of the biggest advantages Google Chrome for Android will be the Link Preview feature, which automatically zooms in on links in order to make selecting the correct one easier.

"Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalised web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices," Google's senior vice president of Chrome and apps Sundar Pichai wrote in blog post yesterday (February 7).

Google Chrome has becoming an increasingly popular browser option for desktop users, so the move to improve the online experience for mobile devices comes as no surprise.

Among the features offered by the beta version, the search and address box have been combined into one – like the desktop version – and as text is inputted into the box, top search results are automatically loaded in the background.

Users will be able to personalise the mobile browser, as well as access tabs left open on the desktop version.

Websites that are often visited on a personal computer will now appear as autocomplete suggestions on the mobile device and bookmarks can also be synced.

Sales of Android devices now rivals Apple's iPhone and iPad and Google spokeswoman Lily Lin told the Wall Street Journal yesterday (February 7) that the company was "evaluating bringing
Chrome to all platforms" – including Apple and Microsoft mobile 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.

Posted by Elise Ferrari