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Google's popular Chrome browser, previously available across a wide range of platforms, finally came to Apple's iOS App Store on Thursday, offering cross-platform syncing and connectivity with Google services.

The Chrome browser is a free application (iTunes link) now available in the App Store. The 12.8 megabyte download is a universal application compatible with iPhones, iPad and iPod touches running iOS 4.3 or later.

Upon launching Chrome for the first time, users are asked to enter their Google account e-mail address and password, though this step can be skipped. By tying Chrome for iOS to a Google account, users can sync their personalized Chrome settings from their computer or other device.

Chrome syncs open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from a computer to the iOS browser. Users can also send pages from Chrome on their computer to an iOS device with one click, and they can even be cached for offline reading.

Given that Google is a search company, it's no surprise that searching is a priority with Chrome. Like in the desktop version of the browser, the same box is used to navigate to a website or to search Google.

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Chrome also features a custom keyboard that adds frequently used characters when searching or typing in a URL to the top of the virtual keyboard. A row featuring the colon, period, dash, slash and .com keys sits above the traditional QWERTY interface.

Google's browser also has a dedicated microphone button for quick voice searches to the far right. Tapping on the microphone instantly puts the iPad into listening mode, and searching by voice works quickly and accurately.

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Also readily available is a drop-down menu with options for a new tab, new incognito tab, bookmarks, e-mail, settings, help and more. One option "Other Devices," allows users to view tabs they have open in Chrome on other devices, like a Mac or PC.

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Unlike Apple's Safari browser for iOS, Google Chrome allows users to open an unlimited number of tabs. Tabs can be flipped through on iPhone or iPod touch like fanning a deck of cards, while on iPad users swipe from edge to edge.

The incognito mode previously found on other versions of Chrome also makes its way to iOS. Incognito allows users to browse the web without saving their history.

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Chrome is a welcome addition on iOS, but what it needs more than anything is for Apple to update the iOS mobile operating system to allow users to change their default browser. Currently, opening a URL in a separate application, like Mail, will automatically launch the website in Safari, which is Apple's native built-in browser for iOS.
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Tried to download it and got pop up saying 'This App is no longer available' WTF???

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I guess Apple doesn't want competition since it duplicates functionality.  Time to smack Apple with Anti-Trust lawsuit.

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Finally a real browser for iOS

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post #5 of 49

Just downloaded and installed it.  Very cool..  very slick.. very fast..

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Originally Posted by MaroonMushroom View Post

Finally a real browser for iOS

Unfortunately, it's slower than Safari because 3rd party apps aren't allowed to use the Nitro JIT engine which speeds up Javascript. =/

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The speech recognition is very limited, doesn't interpret names correctly. Although, I wasn't expecting magic. 

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Unfortunately, it's slower than Safari because 3rd party apps aren't allowed to use the Nitro JIT engine which speeds up Javascript. =/


Doesn't feel slower.. I just buzzed around to a few sites and it's very quick.

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waste of space since i cannot set a default browser in IOS.

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Originally Posted by MaroonMushroom View Post

Finally a real browser for iOS

 

Does it have a full-screen mode?

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Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post

waste of space since i cannot set a default browser in IOS.

 

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Unfortunately, it's slower than Safari because 3rd party apps aren't allowed to use the Nitro JIT engine which speeds up Javascript. =/

 

 

Ask Apple why it can't

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Doesn't feel slower.. I just buzzed around to a few sites and it's very quick.

butt dyno?

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Well, at least Google is fairly transparent in trying to monetize web searches on the mobile platform.  Don't see Internet Explorer doing the same thing yet.  Wonder if Facebook is making their own browser to try to garner some mobile-ad dollars?  Please just stay AWAY from my browsing history, and quit plastering and pestering me with ads that are "tailored" to my every whim  - my whim is NOT having a single ad on ANY device I use, unless I start a search myself.

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iCab shits all over this and the other competition and has been out for two years at least.
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Its extremely unlikely that apple would ever allow users to change the default browser on mobile.

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Well, it's slow like molasses in January (on an iPhone 4), doesn't have a full-screen mode, and seems quite limited, offering nothing more (and quite a bit less) than the competition. Cute effects, though. 

 

Seems faster on the iPad. But gimped compared to iCab. 

 

And really, *more* Google-ware isn't something that tickles my balls anyway.

 

*uninstalls Chrome.*


Edited by Quadra 610 - 6/28/12 at 2:23pm
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I don't see it in the app store. Hmmm.....

(update) nevermind....it took some digging and I found it. It's labeled rather generically though. I do like how you have the option to request the desktop site if you only get mobile (cultofmac.com) and the way it removes tabs. It's fast enough and I think is a good first offer. No full screen support and you can't set as default. Oh well. Not a bad job at all Google.
Edited by ghostface147 - 6/28/12 at 2:40pm
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Hmmm.

Seems fast on some we pages. Behaves like a pig on appleinsider.com, but it behaves like a pig at the best of times. But this is jerky, compared to scrolling other sites with chrome.

It syncs some of my logins/passwords but not all. The ability to open sits I am using on other devices is nice.
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post #19 of 49
Very fast, it opened by browser tabs I'm loving it. Will replace safari in my iPad...
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Pulled already? Or still rolling out?

 

I'm in the UK and while following the link in article shows me the app information in the App Store I get this error on both my iPad and iPhone after clicking Install App....

 

no longer available to buy


Edited by DaveMcM76 - 6/28/12 at 3:10pm
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I think it works great. Voice recognition is cool.. I have a 4 so no Siri. It's nice to speak to search!

Apple needs these kind of features in safari.
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finally!... we had chrome beta and now full on our test Android tablets at work - and it is amazing... Finally dropping Safari will be great (how it does not have a unified search window is mind bending) Chrome left Safari in the dust on Desktops will be interesting to see what it does on iPad. The not being able to be set as default is just another idiotic artificial limitation of iOS


Edited by agramonte - 6/28/12 at 3:26pm
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Originally Posted by MaroonMushroom View Post

Finally a real browser for iOS

What a perfectly reasonable and educated response¡ 😒


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waste of space since i cannot set a default browser in IOS.

That would be great! I assume at some point they'll end up offering it but I hope it's sooner rather than later.

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post #24 of 49

So far speech recognition isn't working for me...

 

EDIT:  I "spoke too soon"... It works!

 

SECOND EDIT:  And it works well!


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Well, at least Google is fairly transparent in trying to monetize web searches on the mobile platform.  Don't see Internet Explorer doing the same thing yet.  Wonder if Facebook is making their own browser to try to garner some mobile-ad dollars?  Please just stay AWAY from my browsing history, and quit plastering and pestering me with ads that are "tailored" to my every whim  - my whim is NOT having a single ad on ANY device I use, unless I start a search myself.

 

Agreed.  Even Safari, and even in "stealth" or secret mode or whatever they call it, saves entirely too much of my history and personal data for me.  I would pay a lot of money for a browser that truly saves nothing, remembers nothing, and blocks all the third party cookies etc. I get so tired of constantly cleaning my information out of the web browsers on all the platforms I use.  

 

I'm an adult.  I'm capable of remembering all my passwords and typing the URL of places I want to go. 

 

Also, I'd like to see someone review Chrome *without* logging in.  

 

Absolutely none of Google's crap works anymore until you log in, preferences aren't saved, etc. 

total BS, but at least it's transparent now.  

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I've used it for about 20 minutes now and so far so good! I am psyched! The load times are fast but probably not quite as fast as Safari on my ipad2. I'm really happy about being able to pick up where i left off from one device to the next. I do have one gripe though, the bookmarks section is not ideal. They need to make it exactly like the desktop browser. Sure I'll get used to it, but Safari shows bookmarks at the search bar, why not Chrome?

Edit: ok had a cookies hiccup had to reopen page. Also, this is a Desktop Chrome request too, if they had a "Reader" like feature it would be much better.
Edited by antkm1 - 6/28/12 at 4:21pm
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Perhaps it's a little too popular right now ?

 

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post #28 of 49
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Perhaps it's a little too popular right now ?

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Try loading on your device rather than the iTunes desktop app.
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Now, if I could just make it my default browser without jailbreaking.

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Unfortunately, it's slower than Safari because 3rd party apps aren't allowed to use the Nitro JIT engine which speeds up Javascript. =/

 

Chrome essentially is Safari with Google modifications.

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Chrome essentially is Safari with Google modifications.

It's an older version of Safari with proprietary Google crap tacked on, plus the ability to monitor absolutely everything you do.

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Originally Posted by MacVertigo View Post

I think it works great. Voice recognition is cool.. I have a 4 so no Siri. It's nice to speak to search!
Apple needs these kind of features in safari.

 

Voice search has been in the Google App for years, it's also in the Bing App.

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Agreed.  Even Safari, and even in "stealth" or secret mode or whatever they call it, saves entirely too much of my history and personal data for me.  I would pay a lot of money for a browser that truly saves nothing, remembers nothing, and blocks all the third party cookies etc. I get so tired of constantly cleaning my information out of the web browsers on all the platforms I use.  

 

I'm an adult.  I'm capable of remembering all my passwords and typing the URL of places I want to go. 

 

Also, I'd like to see someone review Chrome *without* logging in.  

 

Absolutely none of Google's crap works anymore until you log in, preferences aren't saved, etc. 

total BS, but at least it's transparent now.  

 

Build a PC with only an optical drive and no hard drive.

 

Boot into a "Live" linux distribution from CD/DVD.

 

Nothing is saved, ever.

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post #34 of 49
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Chrome essentially is Safari with Google modifications.

 

And Safari is essentially KDE's Konquerer with Apple modifications.
 

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They all are used regularly and each have their place. Competition is good.

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It's an older version of Safari with proprietary Google crap tacked on, plus the ability to monitor absolutely everything you do.

To quote my own post...

It kills me how all you think browsing with safari makes your "private data" so much safer. Try reading Apple's privacy policy sometime.

[=www.apple.com/privacy/][/]
[=http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/][/]

Wording is different but say very similar things.

And to quote another post...
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It's only a browser people and an optional one at that - it's not life or death. I'm an Apple guy and like the iOS Chrome. The tabbing is soo much better than mobile Safari and cool how if you push-in from the sides it lets you push from tab to tab. If Apple put this tabbing into Safari it'll be a lot better. And what do I care if Google knows I'm looking at AppleInsider or ESPN or any other generic site. Guess you Privacy people never use Google for search, Gmail, or never used Google maps on your phone or computer cuz Google will know where your going (goodness not that!)?! I like it, some of you act like Steve Jobs personally christened your first born and you can never use anything without an apple logo on it. Firefox and Chrome are the only desktop browsers I use. Ghost.
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No thanks. I am happily Google free. I will not even give Google the satisfaction of me downloading it. 

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And Safari is essentially KDE's Konquerer with Apple modifications.
 

 

 

You need to read an updated history book, as actually the reverse is true. Sure Safari started out being developed in 1998 using KDE's KHTML as a starting point. Apple and KDE, however, parted ways for a while because Apple's rapid development and lack of documentation was too much for the KDE developers to deal with.

 

Webkit, which serves as the foundation for many browsers including Chrome and Safari, was designed from the ground up independently of KDE. In fact, KDE ditched KHTML and now has adopted Apple's Webkit. 

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Privacy polices are created by lawyers to cover a company's butt, so it is no wonder the polices are similar. However, the polices do not dictate how the companies act. Look at how Google recently got in trouble for bypassing Safari's default privacy settings so it could give your information to advertisers. Moreover, ask yourself who each company's customers are. With Apple you are the customer. With Google you are the product. Moreover, this is purely subjective, but I have had two gmail accounts hacked, and both my mobile me and me emails have never been hacked. 
 
Originally Posted by antkm1 View Post


To quote my own post...
It kills me how all you think browsing with safari makes your "private data" so much safer. Try reading Apple's privacy policy sometime.
[=www.apple.com/privacy/][/]
[=http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/][/]
Wording is different but say very similar things.
And to quote another post...
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Its extremely unlikely that apple would ever allow users to change the default browser on mobile.

That's one of the reasons I jumped ship from iOS a while ago. I got tired of a manufacturer thinking they have the right to tell me how I can use my device. It's a real shame that users can't make choices for themselves (and look at the hoops they're making Sparrow jump through).

I still have some iOS devices for testing, but there's no way I could go back.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

It's an older version of Safari with proprietary Google crap tacked on, plus the ability to monitor absolutely everything you do.

What do you mean by older? Are you comparing WebKit version numbers?

Chrome is more standards compliant, especially on mobile. Look at http://mobilehtml5.org/ or the Sencha reviews (http://www.sencha.com/blog/html5-scorecard-chrome-mobile-beta/ and http://www.sencha.com/blog/html5-scorecard-the-new-ipad-and-ios-5-1/). It looks like iOS 6 will improve this when it ships in a few months, but I prefer Chrome's more timely updates (at least on non-iOS platforms).

Max Firtman did a nice write-up of the standards-compliance differences between Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS: http://www.mobilexweb.com/blog/chrome-ios-android-4-1-jelly-bean-html5. Looks like users lose a lot (indexeddb, file upload, better timing, etc). Although Chrome for iOS will enjoy significantly faster CSS than Chrome for Android: http://spaceport.io/community/perfmarks

Chrome for Android also supports WebKit remote debugging (https://developers.google.com/chrome/mobile/docs/debugging), which is extremely useful. I'm looking forward to Mobile Safari (finally) getting this feature in iOS 6 (hell, even RIM beat them to it -- the Playbook had the first WebKit browser w/ remote debug).
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