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Google has announced a beta version of its increasingly popular Chrome browser for Android users, but only if you’re on the most current build, version 4.0, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich. The Chocolate Factory’s latest creation has been designed to allow easy synchronization with the desktop version of the browser. Bookmarks can be …

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Anonymous Coward

Privacy?

"Bookmarks can be ported across to smartphones, tabs left open on the desktop can also be synched to the smartphone or tablet,"

What you mean is that your device is in constant touch with Google copying your bookmarks etc. For once the EU may be making some sensible moves in being concerned about the privacy aspects of this game.

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Anonymous Coward

But they're open about it

“We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.” - Eric Schmidt to the Atlantic

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place” - Eric Schmidt at a CNBC interview

You want privacy? Stay well away from Google.

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Anonymous Coward

Google sync

It's been around for ages allowing you to copy settings from one device to another.

It's easily turn on an offable.

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Convenience?

Personally I don't give a shit what google know about me, and I tick a box to confirm that. If you don't like it, then don't tick it.

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ICS

I wonder why it's limited to ICS. If Opera and Firefox can make a proper web browser on Android 2.x, why can't Google?

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Anonymous Coward

They're probably using some of the ICS exclusive APIs. It's a lot quicker loading than Opera, or even Dolphin HD.

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Looks Good

.... will have a proper play with it tomorrow :)

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The default browser in Android 3 certainly looks and feels very much like chrome. As for the rest: well, Opera was there first.

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Anonymous Coward

No more Flash

Chrome for Android "shuts out plug-ins including Adobe Systems' Flash Player and Google's own Native Client."

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re: Privacy

Shared settings is not new and not even a Google thing. 3rd-party extensions/services have been doing it for years.

Turning it on doesn't let Google know more about you than they already do.

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Anonymous Coward

"Turning it on doesn't let Google know more about you than they already do."

Similarly, leaving your front door unlocked whilst you are out does not decrease your risk of being burgled.

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So far So Good

Installed ok on ics. works a treat.

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WTF?

why limit territories

I had to friggin' sideload. FFS Google, just flip the switch all the way on....

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I was wondering when Google were going to get around to this, given that Firefox/Opera have had it since pretty much the start. The one advantage of my Firefox sync account though - no-one's reading my data at the other end, unless that encryption key is a big fib.

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Meh

No UA switcher?

A brief test on a few websites indicates that it's the best browser I've tried on Android for handling anything more fancy than basic words and pictures but unless they give us the option to tell websites to stop feeding us the 'mobile' (read as: inferior) version of their site, it's going to severely limit my use.

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Meh

Agreed - I've gone back to "Browser" on my ICS tablet as it has "Request Desktop Site" and will likely stay there until Chrome catches up.

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Privacy is important - but bookmarks aren't

Just don't sign in to your Google account and it won't sync therefore won't contact Google's servers. However, since they already have the IP address and therefore location of every search you ever do whether incognito or not I suppose it doesn't really matter.

If it only does mobile sites though, that would pi$$ me off. I mean, when it's for tablets with a big screen then what's the point of delivering a website designed for a small screen???

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Big Brother

Google & Privacy

If you're worried about privacy, why are you using any Google services? 'Do no evil' has been long forgotten.

I'll stick to Firefox with Ghostery & DuckDuckGo, and a Blackberry Bold. Just need to work out how to add extra search engines to a PlayBook - hopefully in OS2.

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Anonymous Coward

The way some of you lot go on I don't know why you even know why you bother owning a mobile phone

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