For the longest time, Mobile Safari was the only web browsing option on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. But then Apple shockingly approved Opera Mini back in 2010, and today Google announced at its I/O conference that its own Chrome web browser will makes its debut on the App Store later today.
The browser features several trademark Chrome features such as synchronization across all devices and an “incognito” mode that allows for anonymous browsing. Despite having its differences from Mobile Safari, the Google Chrome app still utilizes WebKit technology as Apple requires in their App Store terms. Google Chrome for iOS will be a free download for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad when it drops, and we’ll update this post as soon as that release occurs.
Chrome has skyrocketed in activity, peaking at 310 active users worldwide; just last year, the browser had just 160 million active users. With Chrome having made its way to Android — it’s even the default browser on the Nexus 7 tablet — and now iOS, the market share for Google’s web browser is sure to rise even higher. With the imminent release of Google Chrome for iOS and Mozilla also making a browser for iPad, the glory days of Mobile Safari on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad appear to be long over. Move aside, Safari. You’ve got company.