Google Chrome is now available in Beta on Android devices with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This is a huge deal for the mobile web. I’m sure we are going to see some amazing changes in the near future. Since the lunch of the iPad the safari was (the!) popular app and this is a good sign that Chrome is going to rock it on Android. To be able to experience the Chrome interface, but on a mobile devices – so cool. Moreover, under the hood, Chrome for Android includes key support for HTML5 and other open web technologies, which means you can share code across the desktop and mobile platforms. Last but not least, as a developer you want to be able to be productive as possible – so yep, you can now, take advantage of the complete set of Chrome’s powerful Developer Tools through an easy hookup with a desktop system.
A nice explanation
For developers, here is the list of key features in this initial beta release:
- You now got remote debugging! check ‘how to do it‘
- Solid position: fixed support. Yep, you can now have your menu, navigation buttons in the same place without any hacks.
- IndexedDB support for storing data – It’s time to save data on the client and make you app work offline. You can also use the HTML5 FileSystem support for assets
- Smooth scrolling of pages and elements
- Hardware accelerated CSS transforms/transitions, canvas
- Web Socket support
- Web workers.
- Get Chrome on Android Market (Currently available in: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil).
- FAQ – It contains some answers to things you wish to ask… Check it out.
- The Official post from Chrome Blog
- Found a bug? Please help us by reporting it here at crbug.com
- Pss… The new Chrome for Android including AppCache, localStorage, WebSQL, the File APIs (File, FileList, FileReader, Blob), and IndexedDB. All these technologies enables your web app to access data offline. In addition to the IndexedDB interfaces, data can be accessed offline through use of the localStorage API.