Google chrome for Android is a pretty nice browsing experience for mobile, but some are wondering why it’s only at version 18 while the desktop version is on version 23. The significance of the discrepancy won’t be in some of the more visible features, but more timely security updates, updates to webkit and more stand to be gained with a more synchronized release schedule.
Well, Google says all of that will begin to be worked on by early next year as it has confirmed the news in a post on Google+. We’re not sure how excited we should be about this news without any more details. Will this accelerate the development of mobile plugins? Will this motivate Google to implement flash despite Adobe’s willingness to let the project to die?
We’ll try and get the answers to those while we’re waiting for the Android version of Chrome to catch up, but as it stands Google doesn’t want to give any wrong impressions about what to expect from such a development.
Q. Chrome for Android is still at v18, while regular Chrome is at v23.
When will Chrome for Android catch up?
A. Soon! We expect an update to Chrome for Android starting with a developer update to happen before the end of the year, and we’re actively working towards aligning releases across all platforms, including Android, starting early next year.