When Google delivered a long-overdue update to Chrome to Phone for Android last week, we were glad to see it arrive, but didn’t read that much into the action. Perhaps we should have taken it as a sign that Google was starting to get all its ducks in a row when it came to Chrome on the platform, as the company has just now released the first beta version of Chrome to the Android Market.
This project has been in the works for some time now, at least as evidenced by the progress documented over at chromium.org since last fall. There are a few restrictions on who can get access to the Chrome Android beta at the moment; you’ll need to live in one of a dozen approved countries (including the US, Canada, UK, and more) and, unfortunately for many Android users at the moment, you’ll need a device running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Considering that this is Chrome we’re talking about, it should be plenty fast; Google plays-up its accelerated graphics. The browser will let you synchronize things with your home PC, so whatever tabs you have open there will also pop-up in Chrome on your phone.
Since this release is brand-new, we’re anxious to hear some first-impressions of your experiences with the app. How do you feel it holds up to the likes of Firefox or Dolphin? Check out Chrome in the Market and let us know.