April 17, 2012

Can The New Chrome For Android Unify Desktop & Mobile Web?

Imagine designing one page. Just one web app that runs on desktops, tablets, and phones alike.

Google Chrome is on its way to becoming the most popular desktop browser. Meanwhile, Google is releasing tools that make it easy for businesses to create mobile versions of their existing websites. At the same time, rumors have it, Google will launch a unified gaming platform that will let developers build a game once and have it run on phones, tablets, or inside a desktop browser (presumably Chrome).

Chrome for Android is a key part of this movement. It will allow Google to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile web by saving developers the hassle of optimizing for multiple browsers and making sure the same high-end HTML5 features are available on all types of devices.

Chrome for Android Update

Chrome for Android is growing up so fast. It seems just recently it launched and already it's getting a number of grown-up browser features that were sorely lacking in the original.

This update brings 31 more languages to Chrome for Android, and the browser is now available in all countries that have access to Google Play.

The update also brings the following abilities outlined in the official blog post:

  • Request desktop version of a website.
  • Add bookmarks to home screen.
  • Choose which apps open which types of links within Chrome.
  • Use your Android proxy settings in Chrome.

Chrome for Android is still in Beta and still only available to phones and tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich. But looking at the new devices out there, Ice Cream Sandwich is quickly becoming the standard.