Google yesterday updated the iOS version of Google Chrome with two new features for the iPhone and iPad web browsing app. On iOS devices that support 3D Touch, users can now 3D Touch on Google Chrome to bring up a quick access menu that now includes "Scan QR Code," directly integrating a feature that traditionally requires users to download a random third-party app to be able to scan codes.

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In addition to the new Scan QR Code option, from the 3D Touch menu users can initiate a Voice Search, start a New Incognito Tab, open a regular New Tab, or open the most recent copied link. Users can also use Spotlight on iOS to search for "QR Code" and Chrome's "Scan QR Code" function will appear in the results list.

Additionally, the update has redesigned the tab switcher on the iPad version of Google Chrome, which the company says makes "it easier to access your open sites" within the app.

Google Chrome is available to download for free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

err404 Avatar
69 months ago
This makes sense to me. The browser is the most logical place to have a QR code reader considering they are just URL shortcuts.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zoboomafoo Avatar
69 months ago
QR codes are like cockroaches. They just wont die.
QR codes are like VX gas. It's one of those things we wish we could disinvent. Hey-o, The Rock shout out!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Defthand Avatar
69 months ago
I had written off QR codes for their inherent inconvenience. The fact you needed a special app to use them was a deal breaker. Google's solution is clever but I won't use a Google product for the usual reasons.

If Apple built a code reader into Safari or iOS, I would be likely to use QR codes. Better yet, why can't our devices read a printed web URL much like ApplePay can read a physical creditcard number?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tweak25 Avatar
69 months ago

If Apple built a code reader into Safari or iOS, I would be likely to use QR codes. Better yet, why can't our devices read a printed web URL much like ApplePay can read a physical creditcard number?
I concur. This would be great and I'm surprised this isn't already a feature.

Concerning the article, I suspect this feature isn't accessible on devices without 3D Touch?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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