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  • Report Claims Google is working on Chrome for iOS


    Google is supposedly planning to compete with Apple’s own Safari browser by releasing a version of its Chrome Web browser for iOS devices. According to Macquarie Equities Research, the launch of Chrome for iOS on the App Store could come as soon as this quarter.

    The debut of a Chrome browser would be igniting a modern browser war on mobile devices, similar to the “Browser Wars” of the late 1990s between Internet Explorer and Netscape. When it comes to third-party browsers for the iOS platform, all of the browsers must be based on WebKit, which is Apple’s own open source browser engine. The existing versions of Google Chrome, available for Android, Mac, and Windows, are already based on the WebKit layout engine so this should be an easy transition.

    Analyst Ben Schacter of Macquerie said Chrome for PCs has been a “home run” for Google, as it has “significantly” reduced desktop traffic acquisition costs for the search giant. He expects that Google will launch a major marketing campaign to hype the debut of Chrome for iOS in the near future. The company has run television promotions for Chrome for desktops for some time, featuring several high profile celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, which all helped contribute towards quadrupling the company’s advertising budget in the U.S. last year.

    As of right now, Google has released a mobile version of Chrome for its Google Play application store in February but continues to ship Android based operating devices with a generic browser. The free software still remains in beta but has been well reviewed thus far. We’ll have to wait and see how successful Chrome for iOS will be. Although it may seem redundant to have another web browser, having the option to choose between several apps never hurts.

    Source: Macquarie Equities Research
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report Claims Google is working on Chrome for iOS started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Great, I love chrome
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Google better do a good job, because there is some good competition where web browsers are concerned on the iDevices, Dolphin browser, 360 Browser, to name a few
    1. thekirbylover's Avatar
      thekirbylover -
      The best browser ever comes to iOS! I guess it'd be easy to port as the browser engine in both iOS and Chrome are WebKit. Not sure how they could implement parts of their extension API though (e.g. notifications can use HTML which isn't possible on iOS)
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Would deff download. Chrome for android is insanely fast

      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      Google better do a good job, because there is some good competition where web browsers are concerned on the iDevices, Dolphin browser, 360 Browser, to name a few
      Dolphin feels like a cheap knock off of chrome to me
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      how do you know? Chrome isn't on the iDevices yet
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      He said android
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      no he said

      Dolphin feels like a cheap knock off of chrome to me
      how can you compare when Chrome isn't even on the iDevices
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Would love to give it a try if it comes out!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Hopefully they do a good job on it. I'd love to have another browser option like Chrome on my iPhone.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      WiBlaze if your comparing speed is way awesome.
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      no he said



      how can you compare when Chrome isn't even on the iDevices
      Because Dolphin is on Android too.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      yeah but Chrome isn't on the iDevices, where the comparison needs to be made.

      no offence to anybody but for me personally, I hate android, I find it irritating at best

      and this is about Chrome on the iDevices, not Android where you would expect it to run great as it should because it's native to Android and because Google make both Android and Chrome, like Apple make Safari and the iDevices
    1. happyim's Avatar
      happyim -
      I love if Google do that but also need browser Bookmarks sync with pc
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      How long till apple is forced to allow changing the default browser to something besides safari. I use chrome on my MacBook so if it's the same quality on ios I'd love to use it by default there too
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      no he said



      how can you compare when Chrome isn't even on the iDevices
      How can I compare chrome to dolphin? Cuz I have chrome on my computer.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I doubt there will be crome for IOS as thats like Microsoft making IE for the PS3.
      WHY would Google put any effort into the iDevice?
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I doubt there will be crome for IOS as thats like Microsoft making IE for the PS3.
      WHY would Google put any effort into the iDevice?
      For money. They have google search implemented, google maps, ads, google+, google translate, google books, google earth, and so on
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Ha! They have to keep making iOS apps i see..haha! Apple is replacing Google Maps so now its Chrome time. Can't really complain tho, as it is my browser of choice win win!
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      I don't think safari is the best browser however for the Iphone and the inability to set a "default" browser is what keeps me from using any other 3rd party browser. They just never feel Native.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      If they're going to do it I hope they do it right! Of the alternative browsers I've tried, I always have reason to go back to Safari, unfortunately.

      For instance, recently I noticed that the "Open In..." command doesn't work on 3rd party browsers, nor does bookmark sharing. 3rd party browsers should have easy access to Safari bookmarks.