Chrome goes mobile at I/O 2012

Google announces Chrome for iPhone and iPad

SAN FRANCISCO–The second day of Google I/O was all about the Web as a platform, and the platform is going mobile.

Google announced the stable version of Chrome for Android (download) and, somewhat unexpectedly, Chrome for iOS. Despite both bearing the Chrome branding, they both betray the promise of Chrome — in different ways.

Chrome for Android bears all the bells and whistles of its desktop counterparts. It’s got Google’s blazing V8 engine, JIT JavaScript rendering, and many of its modern-browsing features. Sync is finally smooth on Chrome, and minor flaws like the absent password sync are coming, a Google representative told CNET.

Meanwhile, Chrome for iOS does a slightly better job at this point at porting the Chrome experience to iPhones and iPads than Chrome for Android. Password syncing is in place, as is “Chrome to Phone,” the ability to send a page from PC Chrome to iOS. It’s also got a clever, slick way to swipe through tabs.

So where do they go wrong? Chrome for Android is, simply put, not available to the vast majority of Androids. It only works on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above, and it’s only the default stock browser on certain 4.1 Jelly Bean devices — such as the new Ne… [Read more]

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