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Google brings Chrome browser to iPhone and iPad

Google has released its Chrome web browser on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, allowing users to sync with the browser on their desktop and laptop computers.

Google has released its Chrome web browser on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, allowing users to sync with the browser on their desktop and laptop computers.

 
The 12.8MB download gives iOS users access to version 19.0.1084.60 of Chrome, which will help Google expand the reach of the browser beyond the 310 million active users it currently has, up from 160 million at last year's I/O event.
 
Chrome touts high browsing speeds, a bookmark sync option, and deep integration with other Google products, including Google Drive and Google Apps, so it is interesting to see it show up on Apple's tightly-controlled App Store.
 
 
If you thought Google might start stealing away Apple customers, however, you'd be wrong, as initial reports and benchmarking tests show that Chrome for iOS suffers speed issues when it comes to JavaScript, with Anandtech reporting that MobileSafari works faster, and one reviewer of the app stating that Chrome “runs 3.5 times slower doing JavaScript than Safari.”
 
Apple's policy on not allowing custom JavaScript engines, like Google's open source V8 engine, is the reason behind the slower speeds, and, of course, Apple won't share Safari's Nitro engine either, leaving rival browsers on iOS lagging behind unnecessarily.

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