Google has launched a version of its Chrome web browser for smartphones and tablet PCs running its Android platform.

The browser, which is currently in beta, is only compatible with devices running Google Android version 4.0 (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich), however. You can read our Chrome for Android review.

Google said Chrome for Android will allow mobile device users to surf the web faster than if using the default browser that comes bundled with the operating system. Chrome for Android will also let users view pages left open in Chrome on their PC, ensuring they can pick up exactly where they left off, along with the ability to sync bookmarks and even get autocomplete suggestions for fields on frequently visited web pages.

"Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalised web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices," Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Google Chrome said in a blog.

Furthermore, the search engine says the browser has been redesigned for use on smaller screens.

"We reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet. You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if you're holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web."

The beta version of Chrome for Android is available to download now from the Android Market.