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A Busy Week For Google As It Offers Chrome For iOS

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It has been a hectic week for Google. Besides launching the Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus Q streaming media player and giving more inputs on Project Glass, Google has still found time to release Chrome for iOS. It has brought features like tab syncing and Incognito across the devices to the iPhone owners. It applies also to iPad and iPod Touch that run iOS 4.3 or later upgrades.

Google Chrome for iOS has raced ahead to No. 1 on the free app list. This was launched three days ago and has become the most popular free app on the iOS App Store. The app will bring a familiar experience, particularly on the iPad. Only a single download is needed as it is a universal app. It is adaptable both on the 3.6” iPhone screen as well as the 9.7” iPad screen.

The current version of the Safari for iOS does not offer the universal bar, Omnibar. Google Chrome brings that as a universal search bar along with the tabs too. It allows history to be synced across devices which is done through a Google Account that users can enter when starting the Chrome up for iOS the first time. When you load a site on an iPhone and refresh an iPad, the website and the web pages will be shown concurrently.

On account of the restrictive policies on third party apps by Apple, Google Chrome is limited to using a slower version than Safari. It might be a slower overall experience. This cannot be set as the default iOS web browser. But a work around has been created by a developer who has executed a Safari bookmark to start a page that opens by default in Safari on Chrome. You have to copy and paste this: javascript:location.href=”googlechrome”+location.href.substring(4) into a bookmark. You can rename the bookmark as ‘Open in Chrome’ and replace the URL with this code. For many iOS users, this is a first work around for a problem which has existed for a long time.

The first thing you will notice when using this app is that tabs are on top of the URL bar on iPad unlike the Mobile Safari. If you are on iPhone, the tabs will arrange themselves into rows that will include the site title of each page.