Chrome for iOS: Not So Fast, Cool Features

By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld

Google’s mobile version of its Chrome browser has now graduated out of beta and is now available for the iPhone and iPad from the App Store. I took it for a spin to see how it compares to Apple’s built-in Safari browser. In brief, the Chrome iOS mobile browser has some innovative features, but is hampered by the fact it can’t tap into Apple’s Nitro JavaScript engine to Safari.

Look and Feel

Chrome for iOS has a similar look and feel to the desktop version that you know and love, so it won’t look completely foreign.

On the iPhone however, you do not have the tabs across the top of the screen, but they’re accessed through a tap on the top-right of the screen, which brings up your open tabs in vertically stacked cards that you can flick through.

Non-Siri Voice Search

Next to the omnibar (the combined URL and search bar) there’s a menu button (three horizontal lines), which allows you to bookmark pages, access the settings panel and other features.

On the iPad, in the omnibar you also get a microphone icon for the voice search feature, so you just speak your search.

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