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With the arrival of Chrome Beta for Android, the convergence of Google’s desktop and mobile browsers has begun.

Chrome Beta for Android includes desktop features such as tabbed browsing, Incognito mode and bookmark syncing. It can also list any tab that’s currently open on the user’s desktop version of Chrome, and open it on the phone.

Now for the bad news: Chrome for Android is only available on devices running Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Right now, that includes Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, Motorola’s Xoom and Asus’ Transformer Prime. Users can get the browser free from the Android Market.

chromeandroid1-11295154Here’s everything else you need to know about Chrome for Android:

How Does Tabbed Browsing Work?

On Android phones, individual tabs don’t appear on screen together, like they do in some third party browsers such as Dolphin. Instead, you quickly move between tabs by swiping from the phone’s left or right bezel, or show all tabs by tapping a button next to the search and URL bar. On tablets, tabs are arranged side-by-side, in similar fashion to the existing stock Android browser.

How Does Desktop Sync Work?

Chrome for Android places desktop bookmarks in their own folder on the mobile browser’s new tabchromeandroid3-11295156 page, so they don’t get mixed up with other bookmarks. Another section of the new tab page shows any open tab for any computer that’s signed in to the user’s Google account. The mobile browser also syncs auto-complete suggestions from the desktop, drawing on your search and browsing history.

What Other Features Are There?

As TechCrunch reports, Chrome for Android uses hardware acceleration to make browsing feel smoother and snappier, and it can pre-load pages based on what links it thinks you’ll click, just like desktop Chrome (but only over Wi-Fi, to prevent excess mobile data use). It also includes some advanced HTML5 features such as Web Workers, which allow Web apps to update in real-time. Unfortunately, the browser doesn’t yet have a way to always request the desktop version of Websites instead of mobile-optimized sites.

The browser also has one other feature not found in the desktop version of Chrome: When tapping on an area filled with links, a magnified view appears to ensure you’re clicking on the right thing.

chromeandroid2-11295155What About Plug-Ins and Extensions?

The current version of Chrome for Android doesn’t support plug-ins, but All Things Digital reports that the browser’s architecture supports them. There are no plans to support Flash on the mobile browser, however. As for extensions, MG Siegler reports that Google is figuring out how to make them work best on mobile devices.

Why Only Android 4.0?

According to MG Siegler, Chrome for Android uses APIs not found in earlier versions of Android, so there’s not much hope for Gingerbread or Froyo users. As TechCrunch points out, Firefox for Android offers similar syncing features between the desktop and mobile devices, if that’s any consolation.

What Will Become of the Stock Android Browser?

Eventually, it’ll go away, but Google hasn’t announced timing. Still, with Android’s ability to set alternate browsers as the default, Android Ice Cream Sandwich users can make a complete switch to Chrome today.

as covered by Jared Newmwn

On Tuesday, Google announced its CR-48 notebook — the for-testing-purposes-only Chrome OS machine it’s distributing via a pilot program. Thursday, I received one for review.

My first impressions are — well, I’m still figuring them out. But here are some initial notes.

Pros:

  • The CR-48 may be a laptop you can’t buy — I don’t know whether the Chrome OS systems due next year from Acer and Samsung will resemble it in the least — but I dig its industrial design. It looks like the unexpected offspring of the late, lamented black MacBook. It’s extremely simple (no stickers!) and has a comfy, full-size keyboard, and the soft finish feels good. The 12.1-inch screen makes for a machine that feels more like a small notebook than a netbook.
  • Setting up the system is a cinch — not radically different from setting up an Android phone. You provide your Google Account info and snap a photo of yourself with the Webcam. that’s about it.
  • Chrome OS feels . . . like Chrome! It’s run every site and service I’ve thrown at at it. Chrome Extensions are supported, too.
  • There’s no desktop or floating windows, but you can create multiple full-screen Chrome windows and zip between them using a dedicated key (or by using <Alt><Tab>-handy for those of us who tend to forget what operating system we’re in.)
  • As Google promised, Chrome OS does spring back to life from suspend mode so quickly that it’s ready to go by the time you’ve lifted the lid all the way. (I wonder if that’ll degrade over time, in the way that it does with Windows PCs and — to a lesser extent — Macs.)
  • The built-in Verizon 3G broadband works as advertised, and you get 100MB a month for free for two years. (You do need to provide credit-card details even if you only plan on using the freebie service.)

Cons:

  • The touchpad is roomy and has a built-in button, like a MacBook or an HP Envy. But it’s very, very fussy — the cursor sometimes lurches offscreen, two-fingered scrolling is jerky, and while I’m told it’s possible, I can’t figure out how to click and drag. I assume/hope that these are CR-48 problems rather than Chrome OS ones.
  • There’s only one USB port. And when I plugged my iPhone into it, the phone didn’t charge.
  • The AC adapter is nowhere near as slick as the laptop itself-and has a three-pronged plug. Looks like an off-the-shelf model.
  • The moment the CR-48 arrived, I needed to tackle a job which it can’t handle (I’m not even sure if there are any suitable workarounds): I have to make tweaks to Technologizer’s WordPress templates using all kinds of fancy software such as Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Subversion. So I worked on my MacBook Air last night rather than playing with the CR-48.

For most folks, there are two main questions about Chrome OS:

  • Just how possible is it to get stuff done using only Web apps rather than desktop software? (Is it inadquate? Barely tolerable? Better?)
  • Is a browser really a satisfactory substitute for a full-blown OS like Windows or OS X?

I plan to dig into these questions starting this afternoon. I’m going on a weekend trip and will be working remotely on Monday, and I’m going to take the CR-48 with me as my only computer. Stay tuned for more notes from the road. And if you’ve got any questions about the device, shoot them my way.

as said by Harry M.

The annual “Dirty Dozen” list, compiled by security vendor Bit9 based on information available in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s public National Vulnerability Database, puts Google Chrome in the No.1 spot with 76 reported vulnerabilities.

The No. 2 spot is held by Apple’s Safari browser at 60 reported vulnerabilities while Microsoft Office was No. 3 with 57. The rest of the “Dirty Dozen” ranking are as follows:

4. Adobe Acrobat — 54

5. Mozilla Firefox — 51

6. Sun JDK — 36

7. Adobe Shockwave Player — 35

8. Microsoft Internet Explorer — 32

9. RealNetworks RealPlayer — 14

10. Apple Webkit — 9

11. Adobe Flash Player — 8

12. Apple Quicktime and the Opera Web browser (tied) — 6

A variety of vulnerability types — including buffer-overflow and cross-site scripting vulnerabilities — impacted these applications, says Harry Sverdlove, CTO at Bit9, which this year sifted through 3,268 reported vulnerabilities to create its list.

Some exploits of vulnerabilities could allow attacks to compromise the user’s desktop entirely and perhaps pose a risk for the entire organization. A list like the annual “Dirty Dozen” highlights trends and the need to make sure software is kept updated, Sverdlove says.

Google Chrome is a relatively new browser and security researchers may thus be putting a lot of focus on it, discovering vulnerabilities, Svedlove says. Last year’s Dirty Dozen list, which was compiled with slightly different criteria (in 2009, Bit9 excluded the Apple Mac platform), the top vulnerable application named was Mozilla Firefox.

as said by NVD and Ellen M

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