Google announced that its newly launched range of Motorola phones will be the first in the world to get Chrome for Android browser installed. The Android phones to receive Chrome browser as default are Droid Razr M, Droid Razr Maxx and Droid Razr HD.
The browser will replace the older pre-installed stock Android application and other browsers present in these Android phones. The company has already started the shipping of Droid Razr M from yesterday onwards. The device is shipping at a price tag of $99.99 (approx Rs 5,500) and will be available across Verizon stores from next week.
This Android smartphone is already open for pre-orders in Verizon’s website. It may be recalled that Google had recently acquired Motorola Mobility.
The new announcement regarding the browser came as part of the increasing efforts by Google to make Chrome, the standard Android browser for versions of Android 4.0 and above. A few days back Chrome had dropped its beta tag and had moved in to a more stable build.
The browser has already reached the level of Chrome 18 which is only three versions behind the desktop version of the browser. But analysts think that Google has a long way to go in making Chrome browser an applicable standard across Android devices running on all the versions of their operating system including Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Currently only Android 4.0 and Android Jelly Bean are supported, which accounts to about 22% of all the Android devices out there as per the sources.
The most popular mobile browser as of now is Apple’s Safari 5.1 which is said to have a total 48.3% of the overall share. Even though Chrome for Android will be featured as the default browser for Motorola New Razr smartphones, other Android based device users running Android 4.0 and Android Jelly Bean can download the Chrome for Android browser for free from Google Play Store.