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  • Chrome for iOS Already the No. 1 Downloaded Free App in the App Store



    Turns out the pent-up demand amongst iOS users for a mobile version of Chrome is enormous as the app has already skyrocketed to the top of the free download chart in the app store.

    Google released the long-awaited Chrome for iOS earlier this week to generally positive reviews. The browser currently maintains a 4.5 star rating in the App Store. Most users are happy with the interfacing and overall browsing experience, but complaints about the browser’s speed keep coming up.

    The reason behind the sluggish Chrome for iOS performance is Apple’s fault as the company will not grant third-party developers access to the Nitro JavaScript engine that powers Safari. Still, the slightly slower performance is a minor annoyance compared to the advantages of syncing tabs, bookmarks, across your desktop and mobile device. The release of iOS 6 will bring iCloud syncing of Safari tabs across devices, but the relevance of this for desktop users is questionable considering Chrome is by far the most popular non-mobile browser.

    Chrome with the “BrowserChooser” jailbreak app is as close to a Safari replacement as iOS users will likely see. Apple isn’t going to allow third-party developers access to the speedy Nitro JavaScript engine anytime soon, which means Google and other developers need to rely on other features than pure speed to sell their browsers.

    Source: PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Chrome for iOS Already the No. 1 Downloaded Free App in the App Store started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 55 Comments
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      Downloaded chrome for the iPhone yesterday and really like it! Don't plan on using it much until I can either jailbreak and tweak something to set as default browser or apple at some point allow third party browsers to be set as default. Whichever comes 1st...
      Also check out Browser Chooser and BrowserChanger
    1. Ruthless Killa8's Avatar
      Ruthless Killa8 -
      Anyone else having trouble getting to modmyi from chrome? Every time I try to come here on my ipad it warns me the site is not safe. When I click proceed anyway it takes me to amazon.com. Weird. But besides that I love chrome
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      I'm just wondering why MMI is acting like browserchooser is the ONLY JB Tweak for making Chrome your default iOS browser?

      There are 2 others and one of them has existed for a while also supporting msny more 3rd party browsers.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      lol never had any problems with iphones safari. its better then most phone browsers just simple.

      also reviews mean nothing this early haha. just look at facebook it has 2 star review just cause people are too demanding.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ruthless Killa8 View Post
      Anyone else having trouble getting to modmyi from chrome? Every time I try to come here on my ipad it warns me the site is not safe. When I click proceed anyway it takes me to amazon.com. Weird. But besides that I love chrome
      Mine does the same thing and I know a couple more that does it
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Oh yeah mine does that too. It either routes me to amazon or it gives me a warning page
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by bimmercub View Post
      I do not like that there is no way to opt out of automatically sending usage stats to google.
      I do not like that there is no way to opt out of automatically sending usage stats to Apple with every app.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
      I'm just wondering why MMI is acting like browserchooser is the ONLY JB Tweak for making Chrome your default iOS browser?

      There are 2 others and one of them has existed for a while also supporting msny more 3rd party browsers.
      These two others supported chrome first? Because this one was ULTRA fast. Like less than 24 hours fast. Usually first means you get the credit. It's how things go.
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      ... its missing a super basic feature....




      refresh
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      Downloaded chrome for the iPhone yesterday and really like it! Don't plan on using it much until I can either jailbreak and tweak something to set as default browser or apple at some point allow third party browsers to be set as default. Whichever comes 1st...
      BrowserChooser in Cydia, free app on Ryan Petrich repo. I find this to work best.
      rpetrich/repo/
    1. brodimus's Avatar
      brodimus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zeal View Post
      ... its missing a super basic feature....

      refresh
      Menu button, then top right.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Still can't git it to load with mmi app gonna keep messing with it.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by bimmercub View Post
      I do not like that there is no way to opt out of automatically sending usage stats to google.
      Huh? Im pretty positive it asked me if I WANTED to send usage data to Google to help improve the app. To opt out of this......It was as simple as......not checking the check box that that clearly asks you that exact question..
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      Huh? Im pretty positive it asked me if I WANTED to send usage data to Google to help improve the app. To opt out of this......It was as simple as......not checking the check box that that clearly asks you that exact question..
      Ya, saw same thing. I'd assume it's just a do not agree type of thing If you don't want to do it. Personally I don't see the harm in sending data. Will "hopefully" allow it to get better.
    1. HorizonXIV's Avatar
      HorizonXIV -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zeal View Post
      ... its missing a super basic feature....




      refresh
      you actually can do that. next to the adress bar there is a menu button which looks like 3 horizontal lines. press that and it has a "add to bookmarks" and "stop/refrsh" button, plus other settings
      "
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      These two others supported chrome first? Because this one was ULTRA fast. Like less than 24 hours fast. Usually first means you get the credit. It's how things go.
      Browser Changer existed before the other 2 and supported Chrome less than 24 hrs after Chrome was in the appstore. It also supports just about every 3rd party browser for iOS...
    1. daviebread's Avatar
      daviebread -
      Have you tried Safari Download Enabler? Works just as well, and has been IOS 5 compatible for awhile.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      I wonder if Apple is getting jealous that the JB scene is starting to put more focus on, and finally showing its hidden love for Google!.......Having the JB scene to help improve, tweak, fix, secure, create, and integrate for iOS and all of its Apps is, and always has been, one of Apples best and most important assets....

      Now it looks like us Jailbreakers are flirting a lil bit, lil bit, with our secret love, Google. Well.....Chrome, actually.

      Chrome is that sexy girl you have always wanted, and have had a huge crush on. Problem was, you could only see her when your wife (your iPhone) wasn't around...Your wife did not like Chrome, and for obvious reasons! Chrome did....things....lots of things, that, well......your wife just couldn't, or wouldn't do.

      And now, to your surprise....That girl, the girl of your dreams, has moved into the neighborhood! Unfortunately, your wife.....has done something horrible.

      Fearing she could quickly, and easily steal you away with her..."abilities", looks, and "ease of use"...Your wife decided she needed to at least slow her down. So, she got out an ax, and brutally chopped Chrome's legs off...

      Yet your wife underestimated Chrome, and your love for her. She may be slower now...(since she has no legs because your wife chopped them off with an axe and won't give them back!)....But she is stll just as beautiful, and can still do all of your favorite....tricks, just...a bit slower!
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Well duh google is awesome
    1. GabrielTam's Avatar
      GabrielTam -
      Awesome