In a recent post on its official Google+ page, the Chrome team stated that they are “actively working towards aligning releases across all platforms, including Android, starting early next year.” This means that the current order of business – in which Chrome for Android is at version 18, while stable versions of Chrome on other devices (including my Samsung Chromebook) is at version 23 – will soon be history.
What’s not so clear is what this means for end users. Do aligned releases mean that Chrome for Android might be able to run extensions, like Chrome OS and the desktop versions of the Chrome browser can? That would be nice, but I’m skeptical that “aligned” releases will end up equating to “identical” releases – that’s an important distinction to make.
Another little nugget of information from Google concerns the release of a developer version of Chrome for Android that will be available “before the end of the year.” So, in other words, it looks like our wait for more details will be very short.
I, for one, am thrilled with this news, since I use Chrome across all my devices: my HTC EVO 4G LTE, my ASUS Nexus 7, my Samsung Chromebook, and my Sony Vaio Windows 7 laptop. The syncing capabilities alone make it worth putting up with the little quirks of Chrome across these devices.
What are you hoping to see with these aligned releases, and the availability of a developer version of Chrome for Android?