Although Chrome has now replaced the default browser on just about all new incoming android devices, (those running ICS or above, with most phones if not all bring manufactured with Jelly Bean) it is still apparently not reaching the number of users in mobile browsing that Google wants. Google also wants Chrome for Android to be faster. Much faster. To this we have to say, we’re behind on you that Google. We enjoy using Chrome for Android ourselves whenever we want to browse the web on our mobile devices, and it certainly has come a long way since its first days during the launch of ICS. All of Google’s goals for Chrome this year are outlined over at the Blink Google Groups page, and they paint a picture of some nice ideas that Google has to bring Chrome for Android forward as the #1 leading mobile browser.
Among these goals Google wants to focus on making options for developers better, and allowing for better, more stylish, and engaging web apps that entice the user. Native apps on Android can be fairly beautiful sometimes, as well as carry a valuable simplicity when it comes to using them, and this an area where web apps have some catching up to do. Engineer Eric Seidel points out in the group that the Web Platform Team wants to be “#1 on credible/realistic mobile web benchmarks.” if you read through the entire post you’ll find all sorts of goals the team has set for themselves to make this sort of thing happen so that we may see these changes come to life, but some of the more core outlined ideas are initial load time, input responsiveness, and overall smoothness(scrolling and 60hz animation) which all wrap up into constant improvements to the core metrics of Blink.
Other enhancements like reduced memory consumption and lowest power consumption are some nice goals as well, as we’d definitely like to see some lower battery drain when using Chrome on our tablets or smartphones. As perfect as Chrome may seem to some of us, Google is always trying to innovate and better the experience no matter how well we already think they’re doing. It’s great to see that they have a grasp on some of the things that may have been keeping some users from choosing Chrome when going to browse on a mobile device. What is your favorite mobile browser? Let us know what you think about Chrome for Android in the comments.