Google today has released the updated version of its Chrome iOS app. Now available in the App Store, the updated Chrome iOS now integrates better with other Google apps installed on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. This means that once you’ve signed into your Google account through Chrome, you will be able to sign in quickly to those other apps. This also allows you to open links via Google Maps, YouTube, Google+ and Google Drive instead of opening the links on the Chrome mobile browser instead.
In addition, for iPad users, the updated Chrome iOS app also brings in fullscreen browsing, as well as access to full browsing history. And lastly, the app also now loads pages faster and with low data usage. Credit this to the experimental data compression which Google introduced to the Android version of the app, and now finally to Chrome iOS app as well.
The full change log of Chrome iOS app update is as follows:
- Interoperability with other Google Apps
- Option to open links for YouTube, Maps, G+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser.
- Enhancements to voice search
- Text-to-speech for all variations of English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese, and Korean.
- Toolbar controls are always available when using voice search
- Fullscreen on iPad
- Data cost savings
- Reduce data usage and speed up page load times. View data savings in Bandwidth Management settings. This feature is being rolled out and will be available to all users over time.
- Access to browser history
- Stability / security improvements and bug fixes
And yes, the app is available now as a free download from the iTunes App Store.