Are you dying to check out the brand new Chrome for Android web browser, but the app isn’t available in your country yet? Worry not, Android users in the rest of the world.
If you have a rooted Android device, you can easily download Chrome Beta for Android from any country. The browser still requires Ice Cream Sandwich, though. Here’s how to do it.
Update: You can naturally just download the .APK as well, which does not require a rooted Android. However, the benefit of the slightly more complicated method below is that you can update Chrome as usual via the Market. Here are a few links to the Chrome Beta APK that work at the time of writing:
- Dropbox #1
- Dropbox #2
How to download Chrome for Android from any country
1. As mentioned earlier, you need a rooted Android device for this to work. Download MarketEnabler by Rac from the Market.
2. Launch the app and tap the Settings list tab.
3. Long-press [us] Verizon (Verizon) and select fake this provider now from the popup menu. Go back to the Actual tab and press the Save current settings button.
4. Erase the Market data and also force close the Market to get a fresh start. Otherwise MarketEnabler might not work. Go to your homescreen and navigate to Settings > Apps and swipe left to get to the ALL tab. Find Market in the list of applications and tap the Clear data button, then press the Force stop button at the top.
5. Click this link to head to the Market and install Chrome Beta for Android. That’s it!
The same process works for any app that is limited to the US. You can use MarketEnabler to install Google Music, for example. Good luck and if you have any questions, just leave a comment below.