Google opens Chrome for Android Beta channel

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is introducing a Chrome Beta channel optimized for Android smartphones and tablets, offering users early access to mobile browser updates and enhancements prior to their official public release.

Modeled after Google's existing Beta channels for Chrome for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS, the Android channel enables consumers to test drive new features, troubleshoot bugs and provide feedback on their user experience. "Just like our other Beta versions, the new features may be a little rough around the edges, but we'll be pushing periodic updates so you can test out our latest work as soon as it's ready," said Chrome Technical Program Manager Jason Kersey. "Even better, you can install the Beta alongside your current version of Chrome for Android."

According to Kersey, the latest Chrome for Android Beta build improves the browser's Octane performance benchmark by an average of 25 percent to 30 percent. The update also includes HTML5 features for developers, including CSS Filters.

Google introduced Chrome for Android Beta in February 2012. Available exclusively for tablets and handsets running Android 4.0 and higher, the browser touts many of the same features as its desktop counterpart, and it enables users to port bookmarks and saved tabs from the desktop to the mobile platform. Chrome for Android also supports remote debugging via Chrome Developer Tools, allowing developers to debug profile Web pages and Web apps via mobile.

For more:
- read this Google Chrome Blog entry

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