Chrome For Android Gets Desktop View, Home Screen Bookmarks, File Downloads

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Chrome for Android is becoming somewhat of a flagship mobile app for Google, but given that it’s only available on phones and tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, its reach is pretty limited. It’s still one of the best mobile browsers on the market, though, and Google is adding a number of cool features to it today. Chrome for Android is now also available in 31 additional languages and in all countries where Google Play is available.

Among the new features is the ability to request the desktop version of a website instead of the mobile version that site may have defaulted to. Quite a few mobile sites offer their mobile users to switch back to a desktop version already, but this option is notably absent from far too many sites. Many sites also default to the mobile view whenever they see an Android device, no matter the screen size, which can get a bit annoying on a tablet.

With this new version, Chrome for Android users can now also choose to add bookmarks to their Android home screens and choose which apps should handle links opened in Chrome.

The updated app also now allows users to download files to their device and includes support for complex text layout and right to left text. In addition, this new version now suggests country-specific search engines and users can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in their Android settings.