Google have launched their much-anticipated  browser for the iPhone and iPad, and it is available for free from the App store.

It was only a matter of time before Chrome was available on an iOS device.  A few years ago Apple would not approve Apps that emulated core functionality of the device, however the rules have been relaxed and Chrome on iOS became possible.

Chrome for iOS is not a new browser  in the traditional sense.  It is actually a front end app using the built-in Webkit engine on iOS.  When using Chrome to surf, Webkit (the engine running the Safari browser on the device) is delivering the page results.  This is a limitation from Apple -- any browser activity must run using Webkit. This is not the end of the world as Chrome was built around Webkit initially, but with some extras from Google.  It does mean that page rendering is no faster than if you were using Safari, and the Javascript engine is the same as Safari too!

So why use Chrome on your iOS device?

If you use Chrome elsewhere (PCs, Mac's, etc) you can sync your bookmarks automatically to the iOS device too.  Yes, you can do this with Safari but you need to then use Safari on all the devices.

You can also make full use of the tabbed browsing features on Chrome; for example sending a currently open tab on the iOS device to your PC or Mac for reading now, or later.

There is the omniobar for searching bookmarks, history, and Google, all from one place.

That's it really -- if you use Chrome on other devices this makes sense; if not, there is little need.

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