Google has removed the beta label from its Chrome browser for Android. Not only will the new Nexus 7 be the first tablet to ship with Chrome as its default web browser, but anyone can now install the app on a phone or tablet running Android 4.0 or later.
For the most part, the only difference between the stable release and the last beta version of Chrome are some minor UI tweaks and stability and performance issues.
Google tends to offer beta and developer editions of Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux, for those looking to test bleeding edge features before they’re widely available. The company is hinting that it will soon offer similar options for the Chrome browser for Android.
Chrome is already one of the speediest web browsers available for Android, and the mobile version looks a lot like the desktop versions of Chrome with the same tabbed-browsing experience. You can also use the mobile browser to request desktop views of mobile websites, open tabs that have recently been opened in the desktop version of Chrome, and sync your bookmarks, passwords, history, and other data with other devices.
Chrome for Android supports incognito mode, and allows you to send pages from a desktop browser to your mobile device for viewing on the go.
You don’t get all of the same features in Chrome for Android that come with the desktop browser though. The mobile version of Chrome doesn’t currently support extensions or apps from the Chrome Web Store.