Chrome (iPad/iPhone/iPod): Up until now I’ve been using the standard Safari that the iPad and iPhone come loaded with (in secure mode) for all browsing, but recently Google Chrome appeared in the App Store
“Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type. Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your iPhone and iPod touch, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On iPad, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs. Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Pick up right where you left off.”
Chrome (Free): http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chrome/id535886823
I’ve tried a few desktop browsers and still prefer the simplicity and speed of Chrome, and the fact that this app can sync bookmarks, tabs, passwords, etc across the different devices (and therefore different browsing styles: home, work, travel, relaxing coffee shop, bus stop, etc) is sure to make it a powerful app I use regularly.
However, we all know what Apple is like when it comes to someone else doing it better on their turf, so expect a troublesome future ahead for the app. ReadWriteWeb report the following on the app: “Users can tap open Chrome on an iPad all they want, but any links they tap in an email or another third-party app will open in Safari. This fractures the Web browsing experience across browsers whether users like it or not.”
Meanwhile The Guardianconcentrates on the ethical nature of Google and the data they capture from browsing habits: “As Chrome continues its expansion onto mobile, Google will continue to face questions about what data it’s collecting on Chrome users, and what it’s doing with that data. Critics of the company’s approach are unlikely to raise a cheer at the thought of signing in to Chrome across all their devices – although note, it’s optional here and can be disconnected if you change your mind.”
How long until Apple roll out an updated Safari browser (iOS6 maybe) that incorporates some of these features, and then drops Chrome from the App Store?
Update: July 5th
MacWorld posted a Chrome review today with the statement that it’s nearly “worthy of default browser status!” The author Lex Friedman closes by saying “I like Chrome for iOS a lot. Its actual chrome—the user interface—is in many ways superior to Safari’s. Were I able to set it as my default browser today, I still probably wouldn’t. But with a few minor fixes from Google, I suspect users will be clamoring for Apple to make changing the default iOS browser an option.”