Edge for Android and iOS comes out of beta, Microsoft promotes it with new video


30, 2017

Microsoft Edge for Android has — after a brief testing period — exited beta on the Google Play Store (via Android Police).

Users on the Google Play Store will note that the app is no longer marked as an unreleased/testing app, and the latest changelog thanks users for their feedback. In an earlier update, Microsoft added a dark theme and password syncing, bringing the app up to par with its iOS (testflight) version.

In a new video, Microsoft promoted the app, mainly for its ability to easily share mobile content with your desktop.

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In their blog post, Microsoft says:

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android brings familiar features like your Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page, Reading View, and Roaming Passwords across your PC and phone, so, no matter the device, your browsing goes with you. But what makes Microsoft Edge really stand out is the ability to continue on your PC, which enables you to immediately open the page you’re looking at right on your PC—or save it to work on later.

Microsoft Edge on Android is built on the Chromium engine and is part of Microsoft’s efforts to build a browser app that syncs with the mainstream Windows 10 browser. While Microsoft’s new browser has yet to win the widespread acceptance of Chrome or even Firefox, the new mobile app is a step in that direction. Microsoft reasons correctly that if users can make use of Edge as the main browser they use on their PC on their phone, they’ll be more likely to use Edge period.

However It doesn’t offer much yet over rivals like Safari’s integration on the iPhone which lures many away from Chrome on phone, and it doesn’t yet have Chrome’s brand recognition.

Microsoft, however, says they have a long list of new features to build and improvements to make.

It’ll be an uphill battle, and we’ll be watching.

You can download Microsoft Edge for Android here.

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