Chrome for Android. Those are three words that many Android fans have been patiently waiting to hear for quite a while (aside from speculation and rumor, that is), and it's finally here. I've spent the biggest part of the day playing with the new browser, and it's already the default browser on both my Transformer Prime and Galaxy Nexus. Yeah, it's that good.
Before we take a closer look, though, I want you to keep in mind that it's wearing the beta tag, so it is a bit buggy.
Steve Kondik (aka Cyanogen) put out a public update to the situation with CyanogenMod 9 earlier today, and revealed a few interesting tidbits about Team Douche's progress. Here's a few excerpts we thought were particularly important:
Android 4.0 contains many internal changes that require updated graphics drivers. Unfortunately, these drivers are almost always closed-source and don’t appear until a device or devkit is released with them. For many devices, our hands are tied...
Google Voice received its first major update in some time earlier today, undergoing a major UI refresh for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices (Gingerbread devices only see minor changes, such as the app icon), as well as new interface for Honeycomb and ICS tablets. Under the hood, SMS offline message queuing is now supported and works for multiple recipients.
Unfortunately, it still is ungodly slow to load on my Gingerbread phone, and scrolls like something from Android 1.6.
Are you outside one of the eligible countries for the Chrome for Android Beta? Good news - we've pulled the .apk (the app installation file). Simply download the file from one of our mirrors, then run it from the Downloads menu on your device. Remember, this only works on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices.
The day that many, many Android users have been waiting for is finally here: Google Chrome is now available for Android. In its current state it's beta and only available for Ice Cream Sandwich, but it brings some incredible features to Android:
Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer
Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
Browse privately in Incognito mode
I've only spent a few minutes with Chrome on both the Galaxy Nexus and Transformer Prime, but so far, it's absolutely incredible; granted, it does have some bugs since it's still beta.
Who remembers Seesmic? Once upon a time, it was revered as the go-to Twitter/Facebook client for Android, until it stopped getting updated. Bugs started occurring more and more often, many of which made the client nearly useless to most people.
Today, though, Seesmic saw its first update in many months - one that we hope fixes the majority of bugs that have been plaguing the app for far too long.
If you're a BIONIC owner (sadly, I am), you've probably been itching for a major update to the device for quite some time now to fix a number of bugs, glitches, and other technological gremlins the phone has had since release. This latest update promises to excise quite a few of the BIONIC's worst software demons, including the dreaded black screen bug. The update has just hit Verizon's support site, so that means a rollout will likely be taking place in the next couple of weeks.
The rollercoaster ride that has been the Droid 4 release timeline is finally coming to an end. We first heard that this device would be released back in December, but Moto/VZW halted it for some reason, so we've since been waiting. Release date rumors have come and gone, but we caught wind of the 2/10 date about a week ago, and it turns out that it was spot on.
Similar to its earlier double data promotion, new or existing customers will get double the data (4GB in total) when they buy a 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon and sign up for a new $30 data plan, together with voice and texting.