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Google Chrome Browser, Google Drive Coming to iOS [Now Available]

ChromeGoogle announced today that it is releasing a version of its Google Chrome for the iPhone and iPad. The company says it will go live on the App Store later today. Macquarie analyst Ben Schacter predicted last month that Google Chrome was coming to iOS.

While Chrome for iOS will include a number of key features, including incognito mode and tab syncing across devices, the browser will still use Apple's WebKit-based engine required by the App Store developer guidelines. It also will lack the Nitro JavaScript engine that Apple uses to speed Safari's performance. But, there is one main obstacle to Chrome on iOS, as noted by The Next Web:
The biggest hurdle that Chrome features, of course, is that it cannot be set to be the default browser on iOS devices, a capability that Apple also reserves for Safari. So, while you can use the browser to your heart’s content, it will not be the default handler for any URLs clicked. That’s a huge hurdle to overcome.

Google Drive -- the DropBox competitor released earlier this year -- also gained an iOS client. [App Store]

Update: Chrome for iOS is now live on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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30 months ago

Keep your Google off my Apple devices


I am not a product


Don't download it?
Not that hard is it?
Rating: 42 Votes
30 months ago
Apple, give us the choice!

Competition leads to better browsers.
Rating: 33 Votes
30 months ago
iOS Chrome requires iOS 4.3, while Android Chrome requires Android 4.0. Ironically that means that 99% of the iOS users can use Chrome, while only 10% of the Android users can.
Rating: 32 Votes
30 months ago
Cool, a chrome Android skin for UIWebView.
Rating: 21 Votes
30 months ago
More iOS users will have Chrome than Android users.
Rating: 21 Votes
30 months ago

iOS Chrome requires iOS 4.3, while Android Chrome requires Android 4.0. Ironically that means that 99% of the iOS users can use Chrome, while only 10% of the Android users can.


About as ironic as the fact that iPhone 4(S) is supported on a 11 year old Windows OS but not on a 7 year old Mac OS.
Rating: 13 Votes
30 months ago
Hopefully now that we have Sparrow and Chrome in the App Store, enough people will complain to Apple and convince them to give users the ability to set default apps.
Rating: 11 Votes
30 months ago
Annnnnnd now the wait begins for a jailbreak dev to make a tweak to allow Chrome to be the default browser (pretty please?).

Looking forward to trying Chrome out, though. And, of course, Google Drive.
Rating: 10 Votes
30 months ago
Ok, while some people want more "choice", what does this really give us? Safari Mobile beats Android browsers in the Sunspider benchmarks even when pitted against quadcore Tegra 3 hardware versions an A5 iPad 2 or A5X iPad 3.

So even if Apple allowed a non-Safari webkit engine based browser on iOS, it would be slower anyway than just having a skin on the standard webkit control.
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago

Apple, give us the choice!

Competition leads to better browsers.


Recall when Steve got up there and said "we believe in choice" in regard to browsers with the whole IE deal...now they lock us in with no way to switch default browsers? Hm.
Rating: 8 Votes

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