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Google Chrome browser launched for iPhone and iPad – already top free app on App Store

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Google Chrome browser launched for iPhone and iPad – already top free app on App Store

The much-loved Chrome browser for Android is now available on iOS, as Google bids to eat up Apple’s mobile web traffic from within.

Google Chrome logo large

Previously exclusive to devices powered by the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, Chrome is now available to download for the iPhone, the iPod touch and the iPad free of charge on the App Store.

Features it brings include the amazing ‘ominbox’ box, which serves as both the URL and search box – saving time in locating the website or content you’re looking for.

Tabbed browsing is also on board, but not in the traditional sense. Instead of squeezing them at the top, a button is provided which brings up pages you’ve got open in a neat card-style interface. This is clearly ‘inspired’ by the ill-fated Palm webOS, as you can close the pages by simply swiping them sideways.

You can also easily switch tabs by swiping from the right or left edge of an open page, which is really a joy to use and saves time too.

Chrome iPhone

Other nifty features on board include the option to open so-called ‘Incognito*’ tabs, which allow you to surf the web without leaving any trace and should come in handy if the missus is always prying into your browsing history.

You can also connect to your Google account to sync bookmarks and tabs, enabling you to pick up exactly where you left on the desktop version.

There are a couple of annoying snags, however. First of all, you can’t make it the default web browser on your iKit, due to Apple’s draconian policy of not offering users to replace stock applications with downloadable ones. Secondly, third-party browsers aren’t allowed to use Apple’s Nitro JavaScript engine, meaning it’s a tad slower at rendering some web pages than Mobile Safari.

Still, it’s probably the best non-Apple browser you can get on iOS and you can’t really fault it considering it won’t cost you a penny. So head over to the App Store and grab it without delay.

Still not convinced? Watch this video Google released:

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