Chrome for iOS

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Mortgage and Lending with Fitzgerald Financial, a Division of Monarch Bank

Chrome for iOS

How does Google's new browser for the iPad and iPhone compare with Apple's Safari?

I own an Android phone, an iPad tablet, a Windows laptop, and an iMac desktop. I'm what some tech gurus may refer to as, "operating system agnostic." Each of these tools, and the software which fuels them, serve their own purpose and I have a preference for each in their respective form factors (such as Android for smartphone, Windows for laptop, iOS for tablet).

Across these devices--with the exception of my iPad--my browser of choice is Google Chrome. It's faster, safer, and more compatible with newer web technology than any of its rivals. Furthermore, the integration of all of Google's services--Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, etc.--makes it best for me.

So I was excited to hear about the release of Chrome for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) today. Safari for the iPad has many positives but is not perfect; however, there really isn't any real competition from third-party browsers since Apple only lets browsers based upon its underlying technology (which Firefox and Internet Explorer, among other browsers, are not compatible with). However, Google Chrome (largely) is. So I eagerly downloaded the new app and was excited to see that it allowed unlimited tabs and has a nearly identical user interface to the desktop version of Chrome (as is true with Safari on the iPad and on OS X). After using it for 10 or 15 minutes, however, I realized it was significantly slower than Safari.

It turns out that while Apple allows third-party browsers on the iPad and iPhone, only Safari is allowed to use code specifically compiled for those two devices to speed up its performance; no other browser is allowed to use this. In fact, no other program is allowed to use this.

For example, the app version of Facebook is really more or less a fancy version of the website--contained within a web browser of its own of sorts--but it isn't allowed access to the aforementioned code, causing performance issues. As many apps which have web-based counterparts are designed this way, this causes many programs to suffer.

It's upsetting that Apple does this. While there has, to date, not been a tablet released that can be in any way serious in competing with the iPad--but the software often leaves much to be desired. The app-store and bundled apps really lock the user in to a narrow environment where Apple can veto any competing applications and get a chunk of the profit of those it does approve. As the next version of OS X and Windows 8 both come with built-in app stores, and both strongly try to get users to get apps solely from said app stores, this is a slippery slope where Apple, Microsoft, and Google are not only controlling the operating systems for their products, but also the applications and hardware. Hopefully this trend does not continue in a way that is prejudiced towards Apple's own software.

Copyright 2012 Bob Caldwell, NMLS# 188544

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Rainmaker
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Cheryl Ritchie
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Let me buzz on over to check the new app. Thanks for the heads up.
Jun 28, 2012 04:49 PM #1
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Bob Caldwell
Fitzgerald Financial, a Division of Monarch Bank - Annapolis, MD
VA Mortgage Specialist and Military Relocation Services

It's one big advantage is unlimited tabs...except Safari will also have unlimited tabs in the next version of iOS.  So it's a mixed bag of results.  Thanks for reading!

Jun 28, 2012 04:56 PM #2
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Drew Caldwell
FUTURE Multimedia - Annapolis, MD

It already is the #1 free app in the App Store.  That really reflects upon Chrome's popularity as it is the most popular desktop browser.

Jun 29, 2012 05:52 AM #3
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Bob Caldwell
Fitzgerald Financial, a Division of Monarch Bank - Annapolis, MD
VA Mortgage Specialist and Military Relocation Services
Hopefully with competition coming from Google's new update to Android and Windows 8, along with the convergence of product lines we are starting to see, will preempt Apple to allow more freedom(s) in iOS. Some people are upset that the Android update is minor, from 4.0 to 4.1, but it seems like a bigger jump than iOS 5.1 to iOS 6. iOS 6 should've been iOS 5.2 saving iOS 6 for the 4th iPad that will host truly revolutionary hardware.
Jun 29, 2012 09:38 AM #4
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
I use Google Chrome on my older laptop but have not downloaded it yet for my IPad - thanks for sharing.
Jul 02, 2012 03:21 AM #5
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Bob Caldwell
Fitzgerald Financial, a Division of Monarch Bank - Annapolis, MD
VA Mortgage Specialist and Military Relocation Services
Google Drive, for those with a GMail account, is also out for the iPad. It is great! It even has optical character recognition (I.e. can recognize letters, words, and photos in a document, including a PDF files and allows you to edit them).
Jul 02, 2012 04:59 AM #6
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Drew Caldwell
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The OCR (optical character recognition) you mention is included in Google Docs as well but it's a nice feature to have (Adobe's version is well into the $100s).  Google Drive is really useful.

Jul 02, 2012 05:04 AM #7
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