Google has pushed out the newly updated version of Chrome for Android with support for Intel-based chips. This version will now favor devices that have been integrated with Intel chips, the most recent one being the upcoming Motorola RAZR i.
Of late, smartphones are being delivered with integrated Intel chips, and while these chips have shown good compatibility with apps designed for ARM SoCs (not requiring developers to make any adjustments), a few issues have been lingering when running existing code.
One of the most talked about apps that was continuously running into this problem was Google's Chrome browser. However, Google has been quick to address this issue and has also come up with a quick fix for users interested in a device running on one of these chips. The new update ensures that no such trouble persists in the future.
"The Chrome team is happy to announce the availability of Chrome for Android on Intel x86 devices, which means that if you have an Android device based on x86, you'll now be able to experience the speed, security, and simplicity of Chrome," the official Google Chrome Announcement page states.
Chrome 18.0.1026311 has added this new support for Medfield chips. The Google-owned Motorola Mobility's upcoming RAZR I, runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform, which is a minimum requirement for Chrome. The NFC-enabled upcoming device, with its 4.3-inch edge-to-edge Super AMOLED screen, seems to be the only device that will benefit from the latest update as of now.
The Motorola RAZR I was announced at an event in London last week and is the first smartphone to feature a 2GHz Intel Atom processor. Although this is just a single-core chip, Motorola boasts that it's faster than most of its dual-core rivals.
Google, per reports, has also released a host of solutions (the ones the company is working on and planning to work on in the future) in the company's support site. Problems that have been reported are wide and varied as far as fixing them is concerned and include issues with font, language, site display, scroll, and zoom.