The Android operating system ships with a built-in browser. For an app that comes bundled with the OS, it actually works quite well. Giving relatively zippy performance and sometimes even working better than other â€œnameâ€ browsers that enter the Android environment. But with Android now firmly planting its feet on the tablet segment of the market, the built-in browser is not keeping up, with a number of glitches being experienced by users. Itâ€™s been a big question why Google doesnâ€™t port a version of its own Google Chrome browser into Android, which it also developed.
But finally, Google is doing something about it. Reports are coming in that Google will be introducing the first build of its Chrome browser for the Android operating system this month â€“ possibly alongside the release of the newest Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich.
The new Android Chrome browser will reportedly carry most of the features of the desktop version. Exact details are still not available so what desktop features will be incorporated is still not yet fully determined. It will be interesting though if the browser will have support for extensions. One thing sure is that the first build will be a lean app that will boast of speedy page retrievals, a quality that Chrome is actually known for.
The Chrome browser for Android is also a tantalizing look into how the still in development Chrome operating system will function. The integration of the browser into the Android operating system is the kind of environment that mimics what the actual OS will be when it is finally launched. Interesting times are ahead for Google product fans.
Originally posted on October 4, 2011 @ 1:03 pm