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Chrome beta for Android but only if are part of the 1 percent

You can get the Chrome beta for Android devices, but only if you are part of the 1% that has Ice Cream Sandwich.

This week Google announced a beta version of Chrome for Android mobile and tablet devices. At first glance that sounds great, but it turns out it is only available for devices running the Ice-Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system.

And as Sonja Thompson points out over in the Tablets in the Enterprise Blog, only a measly 1% of Android devices are running the Ice-Cream Sandwich version of the operating system. Hardly the general availability of the Chrome Browser we would like to see. With such a small percentage of devices eligible, the announcement is decidedly anti-climactic.

Would you use Chrome as your everyday browser for your Android device if it were available? What benefits would you expect from Chrome?

Courtesy of Snackerrific.com

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

3 comments
Hazydave
Hazydave

IMHO, Chrome is already the best mobile browser. I was impressed enough with the stock ICS browser to not bother with my usual collection (Firefox. Opera, Dolphin). But I figured I would give Chrome a shot, just because I can, on the Galaxy Nexus. Not even sure just why... nothing all that dramatic. Maybe its just built to tap the resources of a higher end device. But regardless, best mobile browser experience ever.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Would you use Chrome as your everyday browser for your Android device if it were available?

l_creech
l_creech

I am using it already on my Epic 4G with CyanogenMod CM9 Alpha 2. Not enough time to really give an honest comparison between the stock CM9 browser and Android yet though,