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Google Releases Chrome for Android or Should I say Chrome for the Galaxy Nexus?

Google Releases Chrome for Android or Should I say Chrome for the Galaxy Nexus?

By: Hillel Fuld

It seems like it was just yesterday when we were talking about Google's ongoing innovation and alleged lack of focus. Oh, wait.

Well, today's news proves once again that the engineers over at Google believe sleep is for the weak.

Google released Chrome for Android. Of course, the new browser is in Beta, but initial reviews are in and they are great. Really great. Except, there is one slight problem.

As I was minding my own business browsing the What's Hot section of Google+ earlier today, I stumbled upon the announcement that Chrome for Android is out. Well, what is a geek to do besides open up his Android Galaxy Tab and search for Chrome in the Android Market? And so I did.

Well, putting aside the fact that I was presented with many results that were clearly not what I was looking for,  including themes, guides, and all sorts of other junk, the new Chrome browser was nowhere to be found. Well, of course it wasn't. It is only available to devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, in selected countries, in selected languages. Wonderful...

Well, I am not going to discuss the much-talked-about Android fragmentation problem, I don't have much to add to what has already been said. All I WILL say is this. While Android developers feel the pain caused by OS fragmentation, many Android fans have tried to convince me that it does not affect users. "No one cares if their phone is running Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, or Ice Cream Sandwich. That is geek talk only".

Really? Well do you care when a new browser is released by Google that will significantly improve your Web-browsing experience but you can't use it because your new shiny Android phone is running a version of Android that is two years old? Thought so...

Obviously, the new Chrome for Android will make its way to other devices in the coming weeks, but the fact that Google released a new browser to compete with its own Android browser, and it released it on one, maybe two devices (Nexus S also supports Ice Cream Sandwich), to very limited users, call me nuts, but I simply don't get it.

Update: There are three Ice Cream Sandwich devices out there, or so I am told...

Anyway, watch Chrome for Android in action below.

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