On the second day of Google I/O 2012, Google announced that the world’s most popular browser, Google Chrome will now come to the iPhone & iPad. The Chrome app should be on the Apple App Store later today. Now, iPhone & iPad users can sync all their tabs, bookmarks, and credentials across all their devices, including Mac, PC, Android & Linux.
It is clear what Google is aiming to do with Chrome. They want more and more users to use Chrome as their primary (and only) browser across all their devices, and actually make it compelling enough for others, who are not using Chrome yet, to make the move. Imagine having all your tabs, windows & bookmarks synced and available across all your desktops, laptops, tablets and mobiles!
Though Google is directly competing with Apple & iOS, it understands and values the huge user base of this platform. Google Chrome now provides similar and consistent experience on both iOS & android devices. It remains to be seen how exactly Google has managed to meet Apple’s stringent requirements when it comes to browser apps, like webkits.
Update: It’s confirmed that Chrome for iOS will not run on Chrome engine, but will be iOS web view. We cannot expect Chrome’s APIs or performance, but tab/bookmark sync is worth looking forward to.
Google Drive comes to iOS & Chrome OS
When Google Drive was launched back in April, it was available for Windows, Mac & Android only. From today, Google Drive will be available for both iPhone & iPad users as well.
With Google Drive app for iOS, users can download and edit their documents on iPad or iPhone, much like how it is on Android. What more? Google Drive lets iOS users search text from images using the OCR and also includes the picture recognition. I know this sounds creepy for many of you, but this is where technology is headed.
Google Drive Gets Offline Editing
Oh yes! Finally! Google documents will now work offline. Users need not worry if they are connected to the cloud or not, and if their changes are saved or not. Google’s Clay Bavar demoed how offline editing works on Google Drive. Users can continue to edit the document even when they are offline and it will continue to get saved locally. Once back online, it will sync up and save to the cloud. Pretty cool & useful really.