Google has released a new version of the Chrome web browser for Google Android phones and tablets with a handful of new features. The biggest chance is probably that latest beta lets you request the desktop version of a website instead of the mobile version.

Google Chrome beta for Android

This is a feature that we’ve seen in other web browsers, including the default Android 4.0 browser. But it’s a good tool for any browser to have up its sleeve — especially when you’re using a tablet with a high resolution display, since many mobile sites look silly on devices with large screens.

Other changes include:

  • Add bookmarks to your Android home screen for quick access.
  • Choose which apps will handle links you open in Chrome.
  • You can configure Chrome to work with proxy networks.
  • The browser also now supports 31 more languages.

You can download the Google Chrome web browser for Android for free from the Google Play Store.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...