Chrome available for iOS – iPhone/iPad
Google has delivered on its promise: Chrome will be coming to the iPhone and the iPad, more specifically to Apple devices running on iOS 4.3 and higher.
Google’s VP for Chrome Division Brian Rakowski announced the availability of the app at the Google I/O developer conference on Thursday. The announcement came in the heels of the release of Google’s final version Chrome for Android. Google executives discussed lengthily and tested the browser on the iPhone and iPad at Google I/O. Sporting the same syncing capabilities with Chrome for Android, this iOs browser version also allows for the syncing of Chrome browser tabs and bookmarks with desktop and mobile. The app is now available at the Apple’s App Store. Incognito surfing is also one feature available through Chrome for iOS, which will come in handy for those who don’t wish for their browsing histories to be saved.
GadgetBox put the new iOS browser to test, and a few handy features and tools are palpable at first try. Apart from the incognito tabs, users will also have access to the Other Devices feature, which will load present and the latest tabs on any other device running on Chrome. Opening as many tabs as needed is easy, and navigation is effortlessly accomplished through a few finger swipes.
As far as sharing goes, however, Chrome appears like it could use a few added features. Installing extensions is also restricted. Ed Bott of ZDnet made comments about the speed issues of Chrome iOS, compared to Chrome for Windows and OS X.
Nonetheless, Google Chrome is heading straight to the iPhone and iPad. And more than that, Google Drive is on its way to the iOS platform too. And as much as iPhone users will love Chrome, it’s not possible to make it their default browser, as Safari remains the default browser choice for Apple mobile devices.
Screenshot Chrome for iPhone :
Screenshot Chrome for iPad :
Hands-on – The Verge :
Official video – Chrome for Mobile :