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Chrome Beta for Android finally goes live in the Google Play Store

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We already knew this was on the way, but now it’s finally here: Google has released a beta version of Chrome for Android, available for download now from the Play Store on all devices running Android 4.0 and higher. If you remember, Chrome for Android was originally released as a beta app almost a year ago last February, and it was eventually upgraded to “stable” status. However, Google has hinted that it intends to align all of its various Chrome releases across different platforms, so the re-introduction of Chrome Beta for Android only makes sense.

This is also really exciting news for people like me who always love to run the latest and greatest software on all their devices – that’s one of the reasons why I ended up getting an ASUS Nexus 7 tablet, and the main reason why I switched to the developer channel on my Samsung Chromebook. That’s also why I’ve already downloaded Chrome Beta for Android, and why it’s already my default browser.

Initial impressions of the new beta are fantastic: I’ve noticed lots of speed improvements already, and I’m not the only one. Here are some of the first comments in the Play Store:

Looks much like the existing Chrome app, but runs much smoother on my Nexus 4

Love the speed increase.

Better, smoother and more awesome than current version of Chrome!

I used it for a couple of minutes and it is way better than the other chrome in the Play Market. It is fast and runs smoothly. Haven’t seen any bugs yet, but it seems to be promising. I hope it keeps being like that.

Of course, whenever you use anything that’s a beta, you run the risk of running into some bugs. Google simply says that the app can be a little “rough around the edges,” but so far, everything seems stable on my end.

Because of its beta status (and to keep “noobs” from complaining too much, I’m sure), Google has hidden Chrome Beta from Play Store searches. In other words, you have to obtain the direct link in order to download it. So … here it is.

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Download: Google Play

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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19 thoughts on “Chrome Beta for Android finally goes live in the Google Play Store

  • Avatar of Steve Gaudreau

    Lol how am I supposed to scan that when I use my Evo for Internet access

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  • Avatar of Skylar

    Why is this a separate install from the Google Chrome I had installed on my phone before? Why not just update the existing Google Chrome app in the market?

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    • Avatar of Jackietreehorn

      Because it’s buggy, and they want you to have a “stable” (…lol) version of Chrome to fall back to.

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    • Avatar of Simon Belmont

      It’s a developer channel release. Basically, it’s a not fully baked version that has some new features and performance in it.

      There can be bugs so its not a stable version. The stable version will get the features of this unstable version after they are ironed out.

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  • Avatar of spencer311

    Doesn’t work with cm10 for some reason. Force closes every time. No buano

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    • Avatar of surg3d

      Same here. Running Mazda’s AOKP on my 3D.

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    • Avatar of Simon Belmont

      It works great on Dastin’s Gangnam Style CM10. Give it a try.

      It’s definitely smoother than the stable Chrome. I like it.

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      • Avatar of spencer311

        Does that gangnum style cm10 run as smooth as the original cm10

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        • Avatar of Simon Belmont

          It runs very smoothly for me. There really is no official CM10 for the EVO 3D, so you get various flavors from different developers.

          Dastin has been doing ROMs since the HTC Hero days, so he knows what he’s doing. Give it a try.

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    • Avatar of Samy Farrow

      …There’s a link to it right under the QR Code haha

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  • Avatar of Steve Gaudreau

    Lol I just got mine (qr/nfc) from movaluate.com now I have to figure out how to reprogram it for……… I have no idea what. But thanks for helping the illiterate lol I thought the link was to download the play store so I didn’t use it after reading the article. Sorry John.

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  • Avatar of EvoBluBalls

    Just downloaded it on my Note 2! So far works great!

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  • Avatar of bk w/bloody sauce

    works great, see no issues so far.

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  • Avatar of Terrance

    What is the difference between this and the one that comes preloaded one the Evo 4GLTE?

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    • Avatar of Paul E King

      This is a developer channel release. IE cutting edge. sometimes on the cutting edge you get cut ;)

      Right now it’s a lot faster than the other Chrome stable… and it’s not the same thing as the Internet app that comes with the EVO.

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  • Avatar of Kamen Minkov

    Thanks, but I’ll stick with Opera Mobile 12. I admit it’s not so well platform-integrated, but I like it better anyway.

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  • I think it runs smooth. I am loving the speeds but I do not like that it does not have a bookmarks widget to add to one of my panels! I just have the HTC bookmark widget available to me.

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