February 8, 2012- Google has launched its Chrome browser for Android. Analysts say it is a move to increases the pace of updates to the browser. Google can get advanced features into users of Android faster via Chrome because the browser is the same as the edition on desktop that Google regularly updates every one to two months.
This will allow the company to make system updates much faster and more often. One example of this is that since Google made its last update available on Android last October, it has shipped both Chrome 15 and 16 to its desktop users as well as other security updates. If Google maintains its usual rate of updates, it will be shipping Chrome 17 within a week.
Chrome also is a credible rival to other third-party browsers now on the market including Mozilla and Opera Software. Last month the Android browser accounted for close to 18% of browsers on mobile devices. Opera Mini had a share of 20% and does not run on the iOS from Apple.
The 4.0 Android version of the browser debuted with Android 4.0 also referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich in October of last year and accounted for nearly the entire Google share.