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05-15-2012, 08:08 PM #1
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
05-15-2012, 08:16 PM #2
Great, I love chrome
05-15-2012, 08:50 PM #3
Google better do a good job, because there is some good competition where web browsers are concerned on the iDevices, Dolphin browser, 360 Browser, to name a few
Last edited by dsg; 05-15-2012 at 08:53 PM.
05-15-2012, 09:10 PM #4
The best browser ever comes to iOS! I guess it'd be easy to port as the browser engine in both iOS and Chrome are WebKit. Not sure how they could implement parts of their extension API though (e.g. notifications can use HTML which isn't possible on iOS)
05-15-2012, 09:15 PM #5
05-15-2012, 09:25 PM #6
how do you know? Chrome isn't on the iDevices yet
05-15-2012, 09:33 PM #7
He said android
05-15-2012, 09:56 PM #8
no he said
Dolphin feels like a cheap knock off of chrome to me
05-15-2012, 10:04 PM #9
Would love to give it a try if it comes out!
05-15-2012, 10:05 PM #10
Hopefully they do a good job on it. I'd love to have another browser option like Chrome on my iPhone.
05-15-2012, 10:20 PM #11
WiBlaze if your comparing speed is way awesome.
05-15-2012, 11:50 PM #12
05-15-2012, 11:59 PM #13
yeah but Chrome isn't on the iDevices, where the comparison needs to be made.
no offence to anybody but for me personally, I hate android, I find it irritating at best
and this is about Chrome on the iDevices, not Android where you would expect it to run great as it should because it's native to Android and because Google make both Android and Chrome, like Apple make Safari and the iDevices
Last edited by dsg; 05-16-2012 at 12:08 AM.
05-16-2012, 03:21 AM #14
I love if Google do that but also need browser Bookmarks sync with pc
05-16-2012, 04:41 AM #15
How long till apple is forced to allow changing the default browser to something besides safari. I use chrome on my MacBook so if it's the same quality on ios I'd love to use it by default there too
05-16-2012, 06:05 AM #16
05-16-2012, 06:55 AM #17
I doubt there will be crome for IOS as thats like Microsoft making IE for the PS3.
WHY would Google put any effort into the iDevice?
05-16-2012, 07:03 AM #18
05-16-2012, 08:06 AM #19
Ha! They have to keep making iOS apps i see..haha! Apple is replacing Google Maps so now its Chrome time. Can't really complain tho, as it is my browser of choice win win!
05-16-2012, 08:53 AM #20
I don't think safari is the best browser however for the Iphone and the inability to set a "default" browser is what keeps me from using any other 3rd party browser. They just never feel Native.