Chrome Beta for Android 4.0 tablets

The Chrome for Android beta offers some sweet features, like tabbed browsing and bookmark syncing, but it's only available for devices with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).

The Chrome Beta is now available for free from the Android Market. This app requires the latest Android OS 4.0 -- aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) -- which currently only applies to the Motorola Xoom and ASUS Transformer Prime tablets. However, with only 1% of Android devices running ICS, we certainly hope to see new and updated devices with ICS later this year.

Here are some things you can expect to see with Chrome Beta:

  • Fast browsing (can browse privately in Incognito mode)
  • Accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  • Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
  • Unlimited tabs that are easy to view
  • Sync your bookmarks and view open tabs on your PC
  • Send pages from desktop Chrome to your tablet with one click

Chrome Beta will eventually replace the built-in Android browser, but with the majority of Android devices running legacy OSs, I think we can safely say that it won't happen anytime soon.

For a closer look at the Chrome Beta, check out the ZDNet gallery: Google Chrome on Android Tablet.


Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.


The biggest selling tablet last year was the HP Touchpad. Guess what the deveopers have ported? Can you say ICS in three flavours.


I have yet to find a good browser for my droid tablet that I'm pleased with. Of course, I can't find a good browser that I like (IE 9 sucks) for my laptop either.


I think Chrome Beta is ICS only for now, and will eventually be available on Gingerbread forward, and maybe even Froyo. It doesn't look like there is anything ICS or hardware specific for it to not run effectively on earlier Android versions.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

TNT, I haven't seen anything that indicates otherwise. That's obviously one of the drawbacks thus far; however, quite a few devices should upgrade to ICS later this year.

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