(The Hosting News) – On Tuesday, Internet giant Google finally announced the availability of the Chrome web browser on the Android mobile operating system.
While still currently in Beta, Chrome for Android can be downloaded through the Android Marketplace.
However, there is somewhat of a catch. Mobile system requirements call for Android Version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Computer magazine PCWorld was quick to note that only 1% of mobile devices currently use that version of Android (Statistics were made available via the Android Developers website).
Meanwhile, majority of Android users are still relying on version 2.3 Gingerbread as of the first of February.
Chrome for Android provides users with the ability to sync Chrome from their desktops to their mobile phones or tablets. Doing so allows them to carry over bookmarks and browser tabs. Other features include link preview (the loading of web pages as you’re typing in search) and incognito mode.
Currently, users with Android-based mobile devices access the Internet through an app icon simply titled “Browser.” Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Chrome could become Android’s default browser in the future.
Google launched Chrome in 2008 and since then, the web browser has highly increased in popularity.
In December, tracking site StatCounter reported that Chrome had passed Mozilla Firefox in usage. However, both browsers are still ranked after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Android’s main competitor in the mobile market is Apple’s iOS, made available on devices such as the iPad and iPhone. For more information regarding Google’s release of Chrome for mobile, view a post on the Google Blog here (google.blogpost.com).