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Dispite Being Intentionally handicapped by apple, Google Chrome Reaches #1 in the Free iOS app list

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    Dispite Being Intentionally handicapped by apple, Google Chrome Reaches #1 in the Free iOS app list

    Maximum PC | Chrome for iOS Tops The Download Charts, but is Intentionally Handicapped by Apple

    Browser options on Apple’s iOS platform are pretty grim, however one bit of defense Apple will no longer be able to use is a lack of demand. Chrome for iOS was released last week at Google IO, and since then it has shot like a rocket to the top of the app charts. The UI for iOS Chrome emulates pretty closely what we’ve seen over on Android, however it does have a few significant, and disheartening differences.

    Apple has been approving alternate browsers for ages now, but what they don’t do is allow users to set them as the system default, or even use their own JavaScript engines. What iOS users are getting here is little more than a new UI wrapper for Mobile Safari, and an inferior version at that. Third party applications are limited to using UIWebView, which means the updated Nitro JavaScript engine that was released in the previous version of iOS is disabled. This puts Chrome at a significant disadvantage to mobile Safari when it comes to SunSpider benchmarks, making it difficult to recommend.

    What Chrome for iOS does give users however is an arguably superior UI, along with the ability to sync tabs, pages, and history across all your desktop and mobile devices. Based on the popularity of the app it appears as though these features are enough to garner a ton of interest, however we can’t help but wonder just how many people know what they are giving up in exchange. To make things even more confusing the first two words of the app’s description is “browse fast”. Not as fast as Safari it would seem; Apple has seen to that.



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    I've downloaded and used it on iOS (Chrome being my PC / Mac browser of choice), but stick mostly to Safari.

    The main benefit to Chrome is tab syncing between devices and it handles background tabs differently (they seem less vulnerable to annoying auto-refresh, but are slower to switch between), otherwise the experience is much the same.

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    it's the same because apple forces them to use their tech in their browsers to be on iOS



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    Well, it was kind of obvious it'd be a success, considernig how many people use Chrome as their browser on their PC/Mac. I'm sure it comes as no surprise for Apple, either.

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