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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. brodimus's Avatar
      brodimus -
      With good reason. It's disgustingly faster than Safari. And the voice search works very well. Though I wish it could download/upload, it's made iCab my backup browser.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I agree, the voice does work very well. I like it a lot. I don't see much of a speed difference though, if anything both safari and chrome are equally matched on my phone (sometimes chrome is faster even). I tested it on two iPhone 4's with Verizon 3G. It's a great browser though, I can see why it's in the top charts.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      I can't git it to open up in mmi app other than that i love it. And what y'all speak of this voice?
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      When you tap the URL/search bar, there is a little mic on the right (when the bar is empty, if there is text hit the x to clear and the mic will show up) to do a voice to text input.
    1. cdrwinston's Avatar
      cdrwinston -
      I can't get it to download files? Is it not compatible for that?
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I don't believe it can do that. That's one good thing about Safari.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by cdrwinston View Post
      I can't get it to download files? Is it not compatible for that?
      No...you can download files with safari with safari download manager
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I don't believe safari download manager works on iOS 5. Has it been updated? I still download stuff with Safari anyway without the download manager, it directly opens into iFile.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I don't believe safari download manager works on iOS 5. Has it been updated? I still download stuff with Safari anyway without the download manager, it directly opens into iFile.
      Yep it even supports iOS 6 now. Check the recent news articles
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      When you tap the URL/search bar, there is a little mic on the right (when the bar is empty, if there is text hit the x to clear and the mic will show up) to do a voice to text input.
      Well isnt that just freaking cool!!!!
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      Yep it even supports iOS 6 now. Check the recent news articles
      Wow cool, thanks for sharing. I'll go get it lol. I don't check news often haha.

      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      Well isnt that just freaking cool!!!!
      I know right? Lol.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I don't believe safari download manager works on iOS 5. Has it been updated? I still download stuff with Safari anyway without the download manager, it directly opens into iFile.
      Ya five bucks on Cydia
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I've been waiting so long for it to update that I forgot about it lol.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      It happens
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Oh yay it's there, it works again!
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      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...
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Theres now a tweak in cydia called Open In Chrome. It open web pages in chrome instead of safari
    1. iamjamieq's Avatar
      iamjamieq -
      I'm giving Chrome iOS a shot, but I don't know how much it will take me away from iCab. I like having the tab bar visible all the time with the ability to go to full screen. Chrome also has pretty much no settings to tweak the experience. If I wanted to use default settings, I'd stick with Safari.
    1. bimmercub's Avatar
      bimmercub -
      I do not like that there is no way to opt out of automatically sending usage stats to google.
    1. floyd27's Avatar
      floyd27 -
      I have been using skyfire as my go to browser. Im gonna give chrome a shot and see how it is.

      HOLY FAST!
      Chrome is fast...