Google’s Chrome browser is now available for handsets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This has been a while in coming and one might have expected Google to have its own browser available a bit sooner than this, but nonetheless it’s a welcomed app.
I currently use Dolphin browser HD with a few extensions, so I won’t be making it my default browser until the functionalities of all these can be replicated in the Chrome Android app, but no doubt there will be a few extensions that emerge for it soon enough.
One handy feature of the Chrome app is the ability to sync open tabs between devices, although I’m not sure that it’s more convenient than having something like Read It Later installed on both Chrome and Dolphin HD browser, especially as you need to have account sync switched on to use it. My initial impression is that the layout and navigation of Chrome for Android is better than Dolphin HD and the stock ICS browser, but I haven’t had a chance to test them in terms of speed yet.
The other settings of the Chrome app include the ability to specify the search engine used (Google, Yahoo! or Bing), Bandwidth Management, Auto-fill forms, Save Passwords, launch incognito window, as well as the usual browser settings. You also have access to Chrome bookmarks which could be useful.
There’s a good guide over at CNET if you need any help settings things up.