Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Feb 2012 18:59 UTC, submitted by fran
Google So, how long have we been waiting for this to happen? Google has finally unveiled the future if the Android browser: it has no future. Google unveiled Chrome for Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and has designated it as the future default browser for the Android platform.
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Country restricted
by TADS on Wed 8th Feb 2012 19:55 UTC
TADS
Member since:
2010-11-01

Why on earth is this Chrome release country restricted?

https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=2393...

This sort of balkanization really rubs me the wrong way and I don't see this mentioned on any news story about the subject.

Luckily it's a good thing Android is a fairly open OS and you can install whatever you want on it as long as you tick the box stating you take full responsibility if it decides to kill your cat and set fire to your house as a result of all the nefarious code you'll run (or something). And obviously it didn't take long for someone to pull the .apk

http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/02/07/download-not-on-the-eligibl...

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RE: Country restricted
by Radio on Wed 8th Feb 2012 21:55 in reply to "Country restricted"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Why on earth is this Chrome release country restricted?

Because it is easier to do a progressive (country-by-country but it could be device-by-device) rollout instead of crashing the servers with downloads and the developpers'mail inbox with bug reports. Ask any popular app developper.

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RE[2]: Country restricted
by zima on Wed 15th Feb 2012 23:19 in reply to "RE: Country restricted"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Seriously? Google has probably enough bandwidth to DDoS several whole countries (at the same time) out of web existence...
And their support is marginal, largely user-generated, anyway.

Edited 2012-02-15 23:20 UTC

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