The fast and minimal themed browser Google Chrome is now available for Android phones and tablets with Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version (4.0) installed. This was earlier announced by Google through their official blog.
With Chrome for Android, users will now be able to personalize their mobile browisng experience. With sign-in capabilities loaded into it, users can now sync their bookmarks from their desktop Chrome browser.
Also, the tabbed browsing, omnibox and not to mention the fast speed will also be taken into the mobile environment.
Chrome for Android is still on beta version so you may expect some rough edges on it.
Facebook is on its way of developing a phone! The largest social network in the world is reportedly making progress and was on its way to releasing Facebook phone according to AllthingsD tech website.
Facebookphone is said to be a phone with deep Facebook integration. The report said that the Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC is the partner of Facebook in this project. HTC recently released the social phones named Chacha and Salsawith exclusive Facebook buttons. But Facebook phone will feature not just external social buttons but a Facebook DNA well embedded deep within its operating system. According to the report, Google’s open-source Android OS will be the platform of the Facebook Phone mobile operating system.
Why a Phone for Facebook?
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Facebook entry to the mobile phone business has been a subject of rumors in the recent years. As more and more people migrate from desktops to mobile devices, it seems that Facebook has to make a move to better position itself in the competition. Currently, Apple and Google has taken the lead in this business.
have used the advantage of owning Android to press harder against Facebook. The recently released Google phone, Galaxy Nexus
is powered by Android 4.0
(Ice Cream Sandwich
) which seamlessly integrate Google Plus
on its services. On the other hand, Apple, with its latest mobile OS version iOS 5
, have chosen Twitter as its social partner. These developments have left Facebook alone and probably compelled them to pursue their plan of releasing a branded social phone even more.
Another reason for this Facebook move is the App business. Facebook has been one of the leaders in social games. Currently it has an arsenal of apps. But these apps only works on the desktops. Although Facebook is one of the favorite apps on both Android and iOS, Facebook was not able to take the apps on the mobile platform. Apps business have been steadily growing since Apple pioneered it with the App Store. Google’s own Android Market have also grown quite big. Microsoft Windows Phone App Market have already 40,000 available apps. Facebook has none for the mobile.
12 to 18 Months For FB Phone
The report also mentioned that the Facebook phone may come out after 12 or 18 months. With that, let’s wait and see what it would finally be. The information we have right now is very volatile as plans may change along the course of the project.