Less than one day after it release, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Chrome has become the No. 1 free app in the Apple iOS App store. Chrome has joined the ranks of Opera, Dolphin, and other browsers as an alternative for mobile users surfing for iOS users. The popular browser reached the landmark on US and India App Stores, in addition to various other countries.
The mobile browser is based on Webkit-based programming language and supports iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. It requires iOS 4.3 or higher, and also provides a sleek new interface for internet browsers.
Surprisingly, Chrome is more widely available on iOS based devices than on Google’s own Android platform. It is wrapped with almost the same features as desktop chrome. Features include; integrated address and search box, tabbed browsing, the ability to switch the position of tabs, plus an additional feature that lets you browse securely without having your history tracked.
Chrome iOS allows viewing of open tabs, bookmarks, and passwords from other computers, along with the facility of sending Web pages from your PC to your iOS device to read them remotely, and without any internet connection. The Mobile browser, once downloaded, gives the option for the user to coordinate their Google accounts, thus providing connectivity between their Mac, Windows and Linux desktop versions of Google Chrome.
Despite being a hit among iOS, some of the early reviews complained about page loading times both with and without Java; but according to MacNN, this problem is mainly due to the use of UIWebView instead of Safari’s Nitro platform.
The growing popularity of the Mobile browser suggests that users don’t mind Chrome taking more time in loading pages. Users seem to be happy at the moment with sleek new interface and account synchronization it offers along with many other features.