Chrome for Android updated with desktop view, bookmarks as shortcuts

The Chrome and Android teams continue to plug away at the still relatively new mobile version of their browser. Taking user feedback into consideration a few long-requested features are making their way to Chrome. When opening a webpage with a mobile version, users can now request a desktop view to display the full version of the site. The feature had been notably missing from previous builds.

Other additions include the ability to add bookmarks as shortcuts to Chrome’s homescreen, to assign apps to open links such as Google Maps, and to utilize a proxy setup for WiFi access. The new version can be found in the Google Play Store now and is available in all countries supporting the app marketplace.

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  • Brian Menius

    Yes!  Finally “request desktop version” support!

    • RitishOemraw

      that’s nice indeed.
      Now just add the thumb menu and it’ll become my default browser.
      Tab switching is SOOO much easier with the thumb menu

      • BlackGod

        Just press on the outer edge of the page a swipe left or right and the tabs will switch.

        • RitishOemraw

          Then I have to cycle through all those open tabs (especially when opening all those different phandroid articles in the morning) To get to the one I want tor ead first.

          With the thumb menu, I open the menu, I slide my finger acros the tab button, these black tab bars appear with the names of eac tab and I continue sliding my thumb to the name of the tab that I want to view (without having lifted my finger) It’s all done in 1 fluid simple motion

          Once you get used to it…it takes less than a second to switch to any tab regardless of what tab you are viewing.

          IMO it’s the stock browsers single best feature (+no need for the bar at the top, so extra space for the webpage/article)

  • Kam Siu

    nice welcome additions :)

  • No_Nickname90

    Is it mores stable? Because last time I used it, I couldn’t browse for more than 30 seconds without having to force close the browser because it froze. I’ll check it out if I ever decide to put ICS back on my phone again.

    • Hector

      Get a new phone. It works absolutely fine on my Galaxy Nexus.

  • Shawn S. Altorio

    Where do you set the settings to tell it to open links in specific apps? I have the nev version but can’t seem to find those settings.

    • Adam Truelove

      When you click on a link that is “openable” in an app installed on your phone (like a maps link or a youtube link) you will get a popup that will ask you if you want to open in that app.  There is no setting.

  • JulianZHuang

    pass. i will wait until they make a permanent desktop. 

  • AndroidiMac

    I hate having to repetitively select “desktop version” for each individual webpage. Why did they change that setting from a more permanent choice in the first place? I should be able to select “desktop” ONCE. If I want to go back to gimped mobile sites then I should choose that later. This is a tablet (and in the case of the Transformer Prime, a netbook), not a phone!!! 

  • dreadnatty08

    Needz mor Flash.

    • jeephacker

      needs more cowbell

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  • Jason Farrell

    The one feature I was hoping for didn’t make it:
    The ability to not just sync your tabs across devices, but also to CLOSE old tabs on the remote end.

    Sometimes I have a bunch of chrome tabs open on my PC that I then read later on my phone, but I can’t close them on my PC, instead I have to remember that I read them and close ’em when I return to my PC later.

    • Alek Tritt

      Translation: I forget to close the porn on my PC but can’t close them on my phone so i get caught.

      • Jason Farrell

        Helloooo… Incognito tabs to don’t get synced… oh, but I’ve already said too much. :)

        • AJA0

          If that’s the case (which it is) then you wouldn’t be able to see that those tabs were open and you forgot to close them.

          Problem solved; Put a password on your PC and make it prompt you for it after 10 minutes of no use.

  • feztheforeigner

    Quick controls and full-screen are all that’s left! :)

    • AndroidiMac

      I agree.

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Better but still not my daily driver… I shouldn’t have to ask for a desktop version – it should be a perm setting you activate if that is what you want on your device. (yes on my tablet, no on my phone).