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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. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      How can I compare chrome to dolphin? Cuz I have chrome on my computer.
      But you dont have Chrome on your iDevice so you can't compare them because having a browser on your desktop is completely different experience to using one on your iDevice

      Browser Changer(free) from Cydia lets you make third party browsers default
    1. regkilla's Avatar
      regkilla -
      Winning!
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      If I'm going to actually use this it's going to have to do better than skyfire since I love that browser especially it's flash video playback
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      But you dont have Chrome on your iDevice so you can't compare them because having a browser on your desktop is completely different experience to using one on your iDevice

      Browser Changer(free) from Cydia lets you make third party browsers default
      I can compare iPhone an android and chrome on android blows away safari
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      yes but thats still not Chrome on the iDevices, also read this post
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      What is your point? My whole point was saying dolphin is a knock off of chrome, because it has the unibar, same favorites menu etc. then you said that I don't have chrome for iPhone and there for cant compare. All I was saying was the design of dolphin was a knock off of chrome for computer. Geez, maybe you should read.

      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Would deff download. Chrome for android is insanely fast



      Dolphin feels like a cheap knock off of chrome to me
      When I say feels, you should know I don't mean it literally.
    1. vempire's Avatar
      vempire -
      I like use google chrome because there are all my bookmarks there.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      What is your point? My whole point was saying dolphin is a knock off of chrome, because it has the unibar, same favorites menu etc. then you said that I don't have chrome for iPhone and there for cant compare. All I was saying was the design of dolphin was a knock off of chrome for computer. Geez, maybe you should read.



      When I say feels, you should know I don't mean it literally.

      Sorry