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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. MaStA819's Avatar
      MaStA819 -
      Works well. Thank you.
    1. Serge96's Avatar
      Serge96 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      It now supports Puffin as well.

      BrowserChoose has been updated to version 0.9 – live on Ryan Petrich's repository. The update brings support for more Web browsers. Check the article (edited) to see the new Web browser support.
      Thank you : )
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      I don't see where ya post was deleted.
    1. emeritus's Avatar
      emeritus -
      Only Safari, Chrome, Dolphin and Opera Mini are the alternatives which BrowserChooser 0.9.1 offers in my 4S. And only three, namely Chrome, Opera Mini and Safari in my New iPad. Atomic Browser, my favorite, is not available. How to choose it?
    1. Kyphur-orlo's Avatar
      Kyphur-orlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by emeritus View Post
      Only Safari, Chrome, Dolphin and Opera Mini are the alternatives which BrowserChooser 0.9.1 offers in my 4S. And only three, namely Chrome, Opera Mini and Safari in my New iPad. Atomic Browser, my favorite, is not available. How to choose it?
      Install Browser Changer, it's been around longer and supports more 3rd party browsers!
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      ok ... so which one is better in terms of overall functionality, browserchooser or browser changer?
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Nice. I was just using Chrome today and wanted it to be the default browser so perfect timing.
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by hank197857 View Post
      ok ... so which one is better in terms of overall functionality, browserchooser or browser changer?
      Browser Changer has been around longer and supports more 3rd party browsers.

      I have not installed browserchooser as it didn't exist when I needed the functionality so I can't say much about it.

      I can say the developer of Browser Changer is extremely responsive. I e-mailed him last night regarding chrome support and this morning received a reply that an update with chrome and 3 other browsers was just submitted to the repo for publication ten a few hours later I saw the update in Cydia.
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      i think i will try both.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Does this have any compatability issues with x3watch?
    1. sami4021's Avatar
      sami4021 -
      now SDM needs to support chrome and it will be perfect!
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Anyone had issues with mmi app opening chrome? Mine won't do it now.
    1. purpose1814's Avatar
      purpose1814 -
      Quote Originally Posted by morbidpete View Post
      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
      I just downloaded "browser changer" and it did have a lot more browers, but DIDN'T have google chrome on it. I dunno maybe it was the version I got, but when I went to look for it there was only 2 and I downloaded the more updated version and it didn't have chrome.
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by purpose1814 View Post
      I just downloaded "browser changer" and it did have a lot more browers, but DIDN'T have google chrome on it. I dunno maybe it was the version I got, but when I went to look for it there was only 2 and I downloaded the more updated version and it didn't have chrome.
      Look for "Chrome", it's there...