Google unveiled a beta of Chrome for Android earlier this month and the company is already discussing the future of the mobile browser. In an interview with CNET, Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai said that his team will release frequent updates for Chrome on Android and that, in a year, the company will take the mobile browser “leaps and bounds” from where it is now.
Chrome for Android has already been downloaded between 100,000 and 500,000 times and Pichai said most users are pleased at how quickly it runs and that it offers the ability to sync with the desktop version of chrome. Pichai said most users are asking for the ability to view the desktop version of websites, a feature available in Android’s default browser and in competing third-party browsers such as Dolphin HD, as well as the ability to view sites in full-screen mode. “Both [features] fully make sense,” Pichai told CNET. “We just want to do them correctly and well.”
Pichai also explained that Chrome for Android likely won’t support Flash in the near future, if ever. “Following [Adobe’s] road map, they clearly said they’ll not support Flash for mobile in the future,” Pichai said. “They’re investing a lot in HTML5. I don’t expect that to be a major issue.”