Google today announced an update for its Chrome iOS app with several new features, perhaps most notably the ability to transfer from Chrome on your mobile device to a browser on OS X thanks to integration with Handoff.

The Handoff support works seamlessly, allowing users to continue browsing a mobile webpage on their desktop of choice, but the update also brings a couple of other updates to Chrome on iOS, namely a graphical overhaul in line with Google's Material Design aesthetic and general optimization for "bigger phones."

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The Chrome team is excited to announce Chrome 40 for iPhone and iPad. Chrome 40.0.2214.61 contains a number of improvements including:

-New look with Material Design bringing bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces
-iOS 8 optimizations and support for bigger phones
-Support handoff from Chrome to your default browser on OS X
-Stability improvements and bug fixes

The update is available now and Chrome can be downloaded for free from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

BillyBobBongo Avatar
85 months ago
Got to say that I love Google's design ideas at the moment. Their info page on Material Design is well worth a look - http://www.google.com/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iSolidus Avatar
85 months ago
Got to say that I love Google's design ideas at the moment. Their info page on Material Design is well worth a look - http://www.google.com/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html
I never really liked Google's design esthetics. It's like iOS7's flatness put to the extreme and I like some details now and then. Apparently the better the quality of mobile displays become, the less details we want to display with them.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kmil Avatar
85 months ago
i would be interested to see if there are now more users on iOS than Android able to experience Material Design since less than 0.1% have Android 5.0 (Lollipop).
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smizzle Avatar
85 months ago
Got to say that I love Google's design ideas at the moment. Their info page on Material Design is well worth a look - http://www.google.com/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html

Same here. I don't hate iOS 7/8, but Material Design is how I always imagined a flatter iOS would look.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deluxeshredder Avatar
85 months ago
Sorry Google but if I want 'material design' I'll buy an Android phone. iOS apps should conform to iOS UI/UX ethos as much as possible.
iOS 7+ UI design has been cribbed from Android 4.* "Holo" design. "Material Design" is an evolutional refinement of Holo.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Traverse Avatar
85 months ago
Got to say that I love Google's design ideas at the moment. Their info page on Material Design is well worth a look - http://www.google.com/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html

Thank you for posting that!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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