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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Not for all ICS devices :-(
by steve_s on Thu 9th Feb 2012 12:07 UTC
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Sadly whilst Google say this is available for ICS, they neglect to say that it's not available for MIPS-based ICS devices.

At least I presume it's not MIPS compatible. When I try to install it on my Novo 7 Paladin which has a MIPS CPU, Android Market says it's not compatible with my device. I'm thus guessing it's the MIPS chip rather than the fact I'm running Android 4.0.1 rather than the latest 4.0.3.

Then again, Google Books claims to be compatible, but that just quits on startup... Serves me right for being a cheap-skate I guess and not spending 4x the amount to get a "real" Android tablet. ;-)

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RE: Not for all ICS devices :-(
by viton on Thu 9th Feb 2012 15:19 in reply to "Not for all ICS devices :-("
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What did you expected from MIPS device?
Android is ARM-focused OS with recently added x86 support. MIPS support is provided "as is".

I'm crying big tears because ICS doesn't work on my ZX-Spectrum.

Edited 2012-02-09 15:23 UTC

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steve_s Member since:

Nobody's claiming the ZX-Spectrum will run ICS. That's a facile and idiotic comparison.

The point is that Google say that Chrome for Android runs on ICS. They do not qualify this to say it's for ARM-based devices only. In fact, there is no mention anywhere within Google's information on Chrome for Android about CPU compatibility.

The only way to find this out is to visit the Android Market page for Chrome beta on a MIPS-based device, whereupon all you get told is "Your device isn't compatible with this item". You cannot discover the nature of that incompatibility. At the very least, Google should indicate what the incompatibility is, even if that is hidden away in small print.

It is only because I have a detailed technical knowledge that I can surmise this is a CPU architecture issue. In this I am in a tiny minority of consumers.

As for your assertion that Android is an ARM-focused OS with recently added support for x86, that's not really true. Android was designed to be a platform agnostic OS, hence the emphasis on the Dalvik runtime. Additionally I'd like to note that right now whilst consumers can purchase MIPS-based Android devices, they cannot purchase x86 based Android devices.

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RE: Not for all ICS devices :-(
by Beta on Fri 10th Feb 2012 13:57 in reply to "Not for all ICS devices :-("
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It requires hardware graphics acceleration, does the chipset provide that?

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steve_s Member since:

Yes. My tablet has hardware graphics acceleration. The tablet comes with several 3D games which exploit that feature.

I'm curious though where you're getting that assertion from. The nearest I can see is a mention on the Chromium blog that Chrome for Android saying ”hardware-accelerated canvas", but that post doesn't say that GPU acceleration is a requirement.

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