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.