18:29 20th Sep, 2012
Download: Chrome (iOS)
Google's popular browser comes to iDevices; includes voice search feature.
Google Chrome officially became the most-used web browser in the world last month, overtaking Internet Explorer. Clearly, this means there were a lot of users wishing for a mobile version of the browser. Android 4.0 users were granted their wish when Google made the Chrome browser available in the Play Store back in February. Now, the search giant has released the browser for iOS users as well during its ongoing I/O 2012 conference.
The interface features a tabs icon at the top will that reveals all open tabs vertically, each of which can be closed with a flick. On the iPad, swiping from edge to edge will switch tabs. Google claims that an unlimited number of tabs can be opened, but it will obviously make the experience laggy. Managing bookmarks is pretty simple, with the Bookmarks bar giving you the option to choose between different folders. The browser syncs with your Google account, so you can find all your bookmarks from the desktop version here. The in-app keyboard is slightly different from the stock iOS version, with five extra symbols for easily typing a web address or search query. The voice search feature, though not completely accurate, is a welcome addition. Not surprisingly, the app has already reached #1 among free apps in the iTunes App Store. Check out the gallery for more screenshots.
Size: 12.8 MB