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    Google Chrome For iOS Hands On [Video]




    Google launched their shiny new version of Chrome for iOS today, complete with syncing and many other features Chrome users on the desktop have been longing for. We dug into Chrome for iOS to see what all the hype was about, and upon first glance, it’s definitely an interesting experience. You can check out our full hands on video after the break.




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    Use This Bookmark To Open Any Webpage In Chrome For iOS Instead Of Mobile Safari




    Here at Cult of Mac, we love Google’s new Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad… love it so much, in fact, that for many of us, we’re now using it as our default browser on our jailbroken devices using a Cydia tweak.

    That’s all well and good if you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone or iPad, but what if you’re living on the straight and narrow? How can you make using Chrome as your default browser an easy experience when iOS wants to open every link in Safari instead?

    It’s easy, with this Mobile Safari bookmarklet.

    As we discussed earlier today, if you have a jailbroken device, you can use Browser Chooser to tell iOS to automatically open all links in Chrome instead of Mobile Safari. Unfortunately, there’s no way to do this if your device isn’t jailbroken, but what you can do is easily tell Safari to send pages onwards to Chrome.

    Here’s what you do. Just create a new bookmark on your iPhone or iPad for any site. Name it something like “Open in Chrome”, then once the bookmark has been saved, edit it so that you can replace the URL with this bit of Javascript:

    javascript:location.href=”googlechrome”+location.h ref.substring(4);

    Once you’ve done that, anytime you tap that “Open in Chrome” bookmark, Safari will take the webpage you are currently reading and load it up in a new tab in Chrome instead.

    It’s not ideal, but if you find that Mobile Safari keeps on stealing pages you’d like to read in Chrome, this bookmarklet is a time saver. Let’s just hope this is a stop gap solution until Apple eventually allows third-party browsers to be set as default iOS browser instead of Mobile Safari.


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    Google Chrome Review



    Remember the scene in John Carpenter's sci-fi classic, They Live, where the hero dons a pair of special sunglasses and finally sees how the world around him really is? Using Google's awesome new iOS version of its Chrome browser offers a similar type of reality check, shining an ugly spotlight on how Apple holds back third-party browsers on the platform.

    If you've used Chrome on the Mac, you pretty much know what to expect from the iOS app: Fast omnibox search or URL entry, unlimited tabs, Incognito mode for private browsing, and the ability to sync open tabs, bookmarks, and passwords to a Google account in the cloud. All of this goodness is carried over to the free, universal iOS app, adding the ability to remove tabs with a swipe or switch between them like a deck of cards. Chrome is such a slick experience on iOS that if it weren't for two rather huge caveats beyond Google's control, I'd prefer it as the default browser.

    First, Apple refuses to allow users to select third-party browsers as the default instead of Mobile Safari. This has been a major roadblock to the success of other rivals as well, including Opera and Dolphin. Google shows developers how to code around this limitation, and a bookmarklet exists as a clumsy workaround, but there's a far more sinister limitation to overcome. Third-party browsers must use built-in UIWebView, meaning they won't receive the same speed benefits as Mobile Safari, which uses the Nitro JavaScript engine for a significant performance boost.

    The SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark test bears this out, with Chrome playing the tortoise to Apple's hare at nearly four times the loading wait. This is a far more unfortunate situation, and despite all the great work Google has done here, it's largely negated by Apple's draconian policies. Until this situation changes, no third-party browser can ever hope to match – let alone exceed – Mobile Safari.

    While these limitations are hard to ignore, Google otherwise has a winner on its hands. It's beaten Apple to the punch with cloud syncing of open tabs – a feature arriving with iOS 6 this fall – and the ability to send pages from desktop Chrome to mobile Chrome is pure gold.

    The bottom line. Chrome on iOS is a poster child for what's still wrong with the App Store. Google has hit all the right notes here; it's Apple that needs a slap on the wrist for denying users the opportunity to select a proper rival to Mobile Safari. Chrome deserves to be that rival, showing up Apple's prodigal browser on its own turf, even with one arm virtually tied behind its back.


    Product

    Chrome 19.0.1084.60

    Company

    Google

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    Free
    Requirements

    iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 4.3 or later

    Positives

    Excellent port of Chrome desktop features to mobile. As fast as it can be under the circumstances. Cloud sync to Google account is a dream.

    Negatives

    No way to select Chrome as default browser. JavaScript is painfully slow. No iCloud support.

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    Google Chrome Review



    Remember the scene in John Carpenter's sci-fi classic, They Live, where the hero dons a pair of special sunglasses and finally sees how the world around him really is? Using Google's awesome new iOS version of its Chrome browser offers a similar type of reality check, shining an ugly spotlight on how Apple holds back third-party browsers on the platform.

    If you've used Chrome on the Mac, you pretty much know what to expect from the iOS app: Fast omnibox search or URL entry, unlimited tabs, Incognito mode for private browsing, and the ability to sync open tabs, bookmarks, and passwords to a Google account in the cloud. All of this goodness is carried over to the free, universal iOS app, adding the ability to remove tabs with a swipe or switch between them like a deck of cards. Chrome is such a slick experience on iOS that if it weren't for two rather huge caveats beyond Google's control, I'd prefer it as the default browser.

    First, Apple refuses to allow users to select third-party browsers as the default instead of Mobile Safari. This has been a major roadblock to the success of other rivals as well, including Opera and Dolphin. Google shows developers how to code around this limitation, and a bookmarklet exists as a clumsy workaround, but there's a far more sinister limitation to overcome. Third-party browsers must use built-in UIWebView, meaning they won't receive the same speed benefits as Mobile Safari, which uses the Nitro JavaScript engine for a significant performance boost.

    The SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark test bears this out, with Chrome playing the tortoise to Apple's hare at nearly four times the loading wait. This is a far more unfortunate situation, and despite all the great work Google has done here, it's largely negated by Apple's draconian policies. Until this situation changes, no third-party browser can ever hope to match – let alone exceed – Mobile Safari.

    While these limitations are hard to ignore, Google otherwise has a winner on its hands. It's beaten Apple to the punch with cloud syncing of open tabs – a feature arriving with iOS 6 this fall – and the ability to send pages from desktop Chrome to mobile Chrome is pure gold.

    The bottom line. Chrome on iOS is a poster child for what's still wrong with the App Store. Google has hit all the right notes here; it's Apple that needs a slap on the wrist for denying users the opportunity to select a proper rival to Mobile Safari. Chrome deserves to be that rival, showing up Apple's prodigal browser on its own turf, even with one arm virtually tied behind its back.


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    iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 4.3 or later

    Positives

    Excellent port of Chrome desktop features to mobile. As fast as it can be under the circumstances. Cloud sync to Google account is a dream.

    Negatives

    No way to select Chrome as default browser. JavaScript is painfully slow. No iCloud support.


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    Chrome For iOS Updated With Ties To Other Google Apps, iPad FullScreen Mode, More

    Now you can choose to open certain links in other apps.




    Google has released version 28 (yes, 28) of Chrome for iOS in the App Store. The universal app now has “improved interoperability with many other Google Apps” and a host of other improvements.

    Here’s the full list of changes:

    Interoperability with other Google Apps
    Option to open links for YouTube, Maps, G+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser.
    Enhancements to voice search
    Text-to-speech for all variations of English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese, and Korean.
    Toolbar controls are always available when using voice search
    Fullscreen on iPad
    Data cost savings
    Reduce data usage and speed up page load times. View data savings in Bandwidth Management settings. This feature is being rolled out and will be available to all users over time.
    Access to browser history
    Stability / security improvements and bug fixes

    The tie-ins with other Google apps means that links in Chrome can be opened directly in iOS apps like YouTube and Google Maps (which was also recently updated with iPad support). “After you sign in to Chrome, you can sign in to other Google apps with a single click,” according to Google. “In addition, if you prefer to follow directions in the Google Maps app instead of in the browser, you can easily set a preference to open these links in the Maps app instead. Try the same for YouTube, Google+, and Google Drive (with more apps coming soon).”

    The data compression is an interesting feature that aims to help conserve data on cellular connections and load webpages faster.

    Chrome is available in the App Store for free.


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