As promised by Google at its I/O this morning, the Chrome browser has made its way to iOS. I’ve managed to download it and take some first-look pictures, one of which can be seen above. I’ve also jotted down some first impressions of Google’s browser, which are available below and after the break. Let us know how you’re liking it as an alternative to Safari.
Google did a great job polishing this app — it’s very stable and smooth throughout, even on my iOS 6 devices. It has all the basic functionality that you’d expect to see in the Android version of the app, including really, really nice tabbed browsing. The interface for tabs on the iPhone reminds me of Android 4.x’s multitasking menu since you can swipe away a tab to close it. (It’s sort of like the webOS cards functionality, but for tabs instead.) In addition to that, the whole tabbed browsing experience is very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed using it on both my iPhone and iPad. It’s definitely quicker to use than Safari’s.
A complete gallery of Chrome for iOS on the iPad and iPhone is available after the break.
The browser as a whole has been fine tuned for success. Strangely enough, however, it’s not really any faster than iOS 6′s Safari, which makes me wonder whether I should use it or not. Sure, it’s something different and I really enjoy using it, but right now I’m using Safari 6.0 on my Mac for day-to-day browsing, so I don’t know whether I should switch or not.
Chrome for iOS features, as outlined by Google:
Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go.
• Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.
Simple, intuitive experience
• Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your iPhone and iPod touch, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On iPad, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.
• Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Pick up right where you left off.
• Send pages from Chrome on your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline.
• Open a tab in Incognito* to browse without saving your history. To learn more, please visit: http://goo.gl/WUx02