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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RE[2]: Not for all ICS devices :-(
by steve_s on Sat 11th Feb 2012 11:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Not for all ICS devices :-("
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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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