Google Chrome browser for iPhone, iPad in App Store now!
At Google I/O 2012 today, Google announced they'll be bringing their Chrome web browser to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Today. Now in fact.
Free - Download now (opens in new tab)
But this isn't a rendering play by Google -- this is an interface and services play.
Google Chrome on iOS will bring with it the Chrome aesthetic, and more importantly, all the sync features Chrome desktop and Chrome for Android users enjoy. If you have a PC, an Android phone, and an iPad, you now have a seamless, synced experience between all your device. For Chrome lovers, that's huge.
Speaking of which, Google also used I/O 2012 to announce Chrome as the world's most popular browser.
We'll be back later with a full review -- including a look at how Chrome on iPhone and iPad stacks up to Safari and Chrome for Android. So stay tuned. And for more from Google I/O 2012, keep it locked to our Mobile Nations sibling site, Android Central.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
but the introduction of chrome might change that if there is enough of an uproar and pressure from the DoJ and EU about opening up the browser marketplace [something similar happened to MS and IE, you might recall]
A synchronized browsing experience across my laptop/phone and no my iPad...awesome.
and doesn't ios require using apple's engine for any browser?
But from my limited use so far it is not as smooth as mobile safari -- Apple's limitations on UIWebView do hurt it.
Not bad at all for a 1.x release, might use it instead of Safari for some sites.
Having to open a link in safari then copy and paste to chrome.... ugh its the little things like these that drive me insane