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Chrome on Android: What it's really like?

Recently, Google launched a version of its desktop browser - Chrome - on Android smartphones and tablets. Chrome for Android Beta is a mobile browser that runs on tablets and mobile phones which run the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The mobile browser contains several features of Chrome for desktops and has the same simple user interface. The Chrome for Android also has the same bookmark options, open tabs sync and autocomplete feature. However, there are a few issues that need to be addressed, and which have left users not very happy.

The first let-down factor of Chrome on Android is that it doesn't support Flash. There is no Adobe plug-in the mobile Chrome in contrast with its desktop version. Adobe said in a statement that the new browser on mobile devices will not feature Adobe or its services. In fact, Adobe announced last year that they will not develop Flash on mobile platforms from now on. They wanted to focus more on HTML 5 on mobile browsers.

Chrome for Android doesn't have any extensions yet. This is in contrast to the desktop browser which supports hundreds of add-ons such as ad blockers. However, it has been reported that Google will be making efforts to bring browser add-ons to the Chrome for Android.

Another limitation in Chrome for Android is that it's restricted to Android 4.0. The phones running Android 4.0 are Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, Nexus S and Asus Transformer Prime. Users of these phones only will be able to run Chrome on their mobile phones.

Chrome for Android can be installed from Android Market.

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