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  • Make Google Chrome Your Default iOS Browser With 'BrowserChooser'


    Google Chrome for iOS was just released by Google yesterday. As it appears, Google Chrome for iOS didn’t just impress us, but it also impressed iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich. So much so, that he has created a free jailbreak tweak dubbed BrowserChooser that allows you to switch between default Web browser applications on your iOS device. Normally Mobile Safari is your device’s default Web browser – well, not anymore!

    BrowserChooser can be used to set Google Chrome (or a different third party Web browser) as your default Web browser so that any links you tap on from anywhere in iOS will send you directly to your default Web browser instead of Mobile Safari – similarly to how you set a default Web browser on your personal computer. It places a preferences pane in your Settings application where you can choose between all of the Web browsers you have installed on your iOS device.

    BrowserChooser is currently compatible with all of the following Web browsers for iOS:
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera Mini
    • iCab Mobile
    • Dolphine Browser
    • Atomic Browser
    • Diigo
    • iLunascape
    • MammothIV
    • Mercury
    • Mobile Safari


    Being able to choose between default Web browsers is advantageous because you can ultimately select the user interface you want to use each and every time you open a Web page and you can avoid things you dislike about other browsers. Many people prefer Mobile Safari because of its speed, but browsers like Google Chrome for iOS offer other things that could outweigh speed such as tab syncing, nicer animations, and a simpler interface.

    BrowserChooser is free, but you can only download it from Ryan Petrich's private repository. To add it, open Cydia and tap on Manage, then tap on Sources, then tap on Add, and type in the following repository URL:
    PHP Code:
    http://rpetri.ch/repo/ 
    What's your opinion on Google Chrome now that you can set it as your default Web browser?

    Name: BrowserChooser
    Price: FREE
    Version: 0.9
    Repo: Ryan Petrich's repository
    Developer: Ryan Petrich
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

    Sources: Ryan Petrich
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Make Google Chrome Your Default iOS Browser With 'BrowserChooser' started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Wow I didn't even know Google Chrome is out for iOS. Downloading that now. And definitely will be going to get BrowserChooser too. I'm so excited lol.
    1. scramble45's Avatar
      scramble45 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Wow I didn't even know Google Chrome is out for iOS. Downloading that now. And definitely will be going to get BrowserChooser too. I'm so excited lol.
      Was waiting for this. Chrome for IOS is the mobile safari killer.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by scramble45 View Post
      Was waiting for this. Chrome for IOS is the mobile safari killer.
      I hope so. Just finished downloading it and am testing it now. Love Chrome on my Mac, hope it'll be just as awesome on my iPhone.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      There's already been a tweak out for this exact thing for ages. It's in the Cydia recommended tweaks section though I doubt it's updated for Chrome yet.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      There's already been a tweak out for this exact thing for ages. It's in the Cydia recommended tweaks section though I doubt it's updated for Chrome yet.
      Yes, there is. I forgot what it is called. Don't think it will have support for Chrome though, especially since it is so new. But I do know that I just downloaded this Browser Changer and it has a lot more browsers supported than the article has listed as well.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Let me know when Firefox is available via iOS.
    1. morbidpete's Avatar
      morbidpete -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      There's already been a tweak out for this exact thing for ages. It's in the Cydia recommended tweaks section though I doubt it's updated for Chrome yet.
      its called "browser changer" it was updated this morning to support chrome. It better then this tweek because it allows springboard bookmarks to open in chrome also. This tweek still opened them in safari
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Loving this I think it's quicker then safari gonna take some time to git use to but I will be fun.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      Loving this I think it's quicker then safari gonna take some time to git use to but I will be fun.
      I'm about to take my friend's phone and do a side-by-side speed comparison on safari vs chrome lol.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Wish all my bookmarks would transfer from safari to chrome.

      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I'm about to take my friend's phone and do a side-by-side speed comparison on safari vs chrome lol.
      Give ya feedback please.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      Wish all my bookmarks would transfer from safari to chrome.



      Give ya feedback please.
      Just tested both of them with two Verizon phones on 3G, can't try wifi right now (at work). Cleared caches, cookies, and history. Both seem to do pretty well but Chrome is faster 3/5 times (different websites both mobile version and desktop version). I noticed Chrome is faster at loading with websites with more images. Chrome will stay on the previous page for a while but quickly finish loading the new page all at once. Safari will begin to load the new page immediately but slowly loads the new page the entire time.

      I like Chrome's feature where it allows you to select for desktop version if desired. I haven't played around with it enough to figure out all of it yet, but the tabs are really cool.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Yes I like how you can swipe and all. Trying to figure out if ya can transfer over bookmarks from safari to chrome.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Swipe? Swipe what? Tell me now lol.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      When ya open tabs like say you have modmyi on and couple other tabs instead of hitting the x button to close them. Swipe and it will close it and move it
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Of course I have the modmyi site on lol. I'm gonna go try it, thanks. Let me know if you figure out the bookmark thing.

      Edit: That swipe thing is so cool lol. I am so easily amused -.-
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Lmao me to. Can't figure out the bookmarks. Guess I'm gonna have to start copying and pasting them. Wow I have so many bookmarks bah
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Good thing I only have like 5. It would be cool if it could work like browsers for laptops/desktops, to easily transfer bookmarks.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Agree thats what I was hoping. I have alot of favorites I save for me
      Helping people on this site alot of tutorials.
    1. didithu's Avatar
      didithu -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Let me know when Firefox is available via iOS.
      Long time ago, dud!
    1. emartins's Avatar
      emartins -
      All my bookmarks synced from my laptop to my iphone. Just sign in to your google account on both devices. Really enjoying the browser so far