Chrome for iPhone and iPad gets a widget and support for extensions in latest update

Chrome for iPhone and iPad has added a widget to the Notification Center that gets you started browsing faster. The New Tab and Voice Search buttons in the widget will automatically launch those actions in Chrome when pressed.

The browser has also added support for action extensions in iOS 8 from apps like 1Password. You can find the rest of the changes in the list below:

  • Start searching and browsing faster: quick access to Voice Search and open new tabs from the Today View
  • Ergonomically-designed: Pull to reload and open/close tabs
  • Support for iOS App Extensions, such as 1Password and LastPass
  • Easily open links copied from other apps

You can download the latest version of Chrome for iPhone and iPad right now from the App Store.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

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