This upcoming release of Chrome for Android will allow you to create shortcuts to your favorite websites right from your homescreen for faster and easier access to the web. When visiting a site you’d like to save, simply select “Add to homescreen” from the toolbar menu.
Then anytime you’d like to open the saved website, just tap its icon on your homescreen. For certain websites, the shortcut will open in a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the Android app switcher.
Application shortcuts on Android – Google Chrome Blog
Better late than never.
This version of Chrome also introduces a somewhat questionable feature to proxy all HTTP requests over Google’s servers so they can be compressed with SPDY and images converted to WebP.