“Open Links in Chrome” for iOS is gaining momentum. The new Gmail for iOS app has this feature, and many other app developers are joining the league.
Remember those 7 compromises Google made to put Chrome on iOS? Not being able to make Chrome for iOS the default browser was one of the most talked about. Slowly, Chrome is gaining some more solid ground on iOS. With the support of “open links in chrome“, more apps are connecting to Google Chrome, in a way bypassing the limitation that you can’t set Chrome as your default browser on iOS (unless you jailbreak).
Google invited app makers to adapt this feature of Chrome by explaining how they can include this in their apps.
To actually open a URL in Chrome, the URI scheme provided in the URL must be changed from http or https to the Google Chrome equivalent, the guide says. If Chrome is installed, the code converts the URI scheme found in the URL to the Google Chrome equivalent. When Google Chrome opens, the URL passed as a parameter will be opened in a new tab.
Gamil for iOS was updated the other day and Google added this feature to Gmail. If you are using Gmail app on your iphone or iPad, you will now have an option to open links from Gmail using Chrome.
We will soon see more apps adding this feature, making Chrome for iOS more closer to users!