Chrome for Android to Catch Up to Desktop Version Next Year, Dev Build in December

Chrome for Android is still stuck at version 18, but a big update is on its way

By Lucian Parfeni on November 26th, 2012 20:31 GMT

The fact that there's a Chrome for Android is a big win, the default browser is quite terrible by comparison. It means that users can enjoy a fast browser, with a fast JavaScript engine, infinite tabs and that syncs with their desktop browser seamlessly.

But that doesn't mean it couldn't be better, you see, Chrome for Android is still stuck at version 18, this while Chrome 23 is available for desktops.

It's been that way for a few months and this is Chrome only major version update since it arrived in the Play Store.

But that is changing, Google has said that it hopes to bring Chrome for Android in line with the desktop and Chrome OS versions sometime early next year.

It also made another interesting reveal, a dev build of the upcoming Chrome for Android will be made available by the end of the year.

It won't be a one-off thing either, once Google gets Chrome for Android up to date, it plans to update the browser across all platforms at roughly the same time.

The best-case scenario would be a new Chrome for Android landing every six weeks. This should also affect Chromebooks, which sometimes lag behind the desktop version of Chrome and skip entire versions on occasion.
Chrome for Android will be catching up to the desktop version soon
   Chrome for Android will be catching up to the desktop version soon
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