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7 Compromises Google Made, To Put Chrome on iPhone and iPad

Google Chrome for iPhone and iPad is here. But as you all know by now, it is not the complete Chrome experience on iOS. There are many compromises (platform limitations, as Google calls it)  that Google had to make to bring Chrome to iOS. Let’s take a look at 7 of them.

7 Compromises Google Made To Put Chrome on iPhone and iPad

1. V8 Engine

Google Chrome uses V8 Javascript engine to render Javascript from webpages. However, iOS doesn’t currently allow 3rd party HTML or JavaScript rendering engines. Chrome has to use the built-in WebKit engine ( UIWebView in this case) to display web pages.

2. Nitro JavaScript Engine

Since Apple’s policies won’t allow Chrome to use it’s own V8 Javascript engine, next option for speed, is Nitro JavaScript engine used by Safari on iOS. However, Apple’s policies won’t let Google use this either! So, Google had to compromise on Speed again.

3.  Its Incognito* and not just Incognito

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Did you notice a * (star) next to Incognito on your iPad or iPhone? That’s because Google can not give you the real Incognito browsing experience on iOS. Here is how Google explains it.

As with the traditional desktop Incognito mode, cookies and cache are still fully separated. History is not kept, passwords are not remembered, and omnibox search suggestions are disabled. The only difference is that because of platform limitations, the HTML5 local storage is shared between regular and Incognito* tabs. This means that sites using HTML5 local storage can store files on your device and persists even after closing all Incognito* tabs.

Incognito* provides users with the best Incognito mode possible given platform limitations.

4. No Automatic Updates

Automatic updates is one of the key features of Google Chrome. Google couldn’t bring this to iOS because Apple does not support this feature.

iOS notifies you when there are updates available by displaying a number badge on the App Store icon and you’ll have to manually update the app. Chrome will also display an in-app notification when it detects a new version is available.

Now, Android also does not have automatic update by default. However, you have an option to enable this, like any other app.If you set this on for Chrome, it will be updated automatically whenever there is a new version available.

5. Control Cookies for Individual Websites

Again, platform limitations. Platform limitations only allow global cookie settings for non-Safari browsers. Chrome for Android provides an option to clear data stored by individual websites from settings.

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6. Shortcuts To Individual Websites from Apps Screen

iOS does not permit any non-Safari browser to create home screen shortcuts. So, this is also not available for you on Chrome for iPhone and iPad.

7. You Can’t Make Chrome Default Browser on iOS

Safari is the default browser on iOS, and this setting can’t be changed by any other browser.If you wish to visit one of these links in Chrome you’ll need to copy and paste the web address to Chrome’s address bar, or use one of these two alternatives.

Do you know any other limitation that Chrome on iOS has? Drop me a comment!

Open Links from Mobile Safari on Chrome – iPhone & iPad Trick

You can download and install Chrome for iOS on your iPhone or iPad. But you can not make it your default browser unless your have jailbroken your device. If your device is jailbroken, here is a method to make Chrome default browser on iOS.

Here is a trick that will help user who does not have a jailbroken device.

You can add a bookmarklet on the Safari browser to make any page open in Chrome. Create a bookmarklet with a small piece of code given below. When you have a page open in Safari, touch this bookmarklet to open the same page in Google Chrome for iPhone and iPad.

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Add ‘Open in Chrome’ Bookmarklet

  1. Copy the following bit of code.javascript:location.href=”googlechrome”+location.href.substring(4); 
  2. Bookmark this page.
  3. Open the Safari bookmarks, click “edit”, and edit the new bookmark.
  4. Rename it to “Open in Chrome” or something like that.
  5. Delete the URL that’s there and paste in the above code.

Try this out on your iPhone or iPad today! If you find any other Google Chrome tricks on iPhone and iPad, do let me know!

source: Jon Abrams’ Blog

Is Chrome Slower Than Safari on iPhone? What This Video!

I’ve been reading articles about Chrome’s performance on iPhone and iPad. Since Chrome can  not use the same javascript engine as Safari. It is relying on an older engine which is obviously slower.

I also saw many blog posts where people were loving Chrome for all the other features especially the seamless Chromesync from all your devices.

Then I came across this video. This is not scientific test as the blogger says, but still you get an idea.  Google Chrome was installed on an iPhone 4S using iOS 5.1.1, and Safari was ran on an iPhone 4 running iOS 6 beta 2.

Now, if you think the performance difference is because of the faster iPhone 4s running Chrome, watch this video. This has Chrome on the iPhone 4, and Safari on the iPhone 4S. Here you will see Safari leading, but not a great margin there.

I would say, Chrome on iOS, is not bad at all, when it comes to performance. Share your thoughts!

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I love the image that idownloadblog.com posted along with this video!!

Google Chrome Will Support “Do Not Track” Soon

Meet the new security feature coming to Chrome, “Do Not Track” It is already available for Firefox, IE and Safari. Google will ad this feature to Chrome by end of the year.

So, What Is “Do Not Track”

Well, it does pretty much the same thing as what the name says. Here is the official description of this initiative. donottrack.us provides guidelines on how this can be implemented as well.

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Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms. At present few of these third parties offer a reliable tracking opt out, and tools for blocking them are neither user-friendly nor comprehensive. Much like the popular Do Not Call registry, Do Not Track provides users with a single, simple, persistent choice to opt out of third-party web tracking.

Good news for all those extra security conscious mind here! Will you be enabling this feature/installing extension when it is available?

Chrome Survives Pwn2Own – Again !

Chrome has survived the annual Pwn2Own hacking match, again. This is the third win for Google Chrome and no one even tried for the $20000 Google offered for successful hack.

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So, officially, Chrome is the most secure browser again.

On Wednesday, researchers successfully exploited Safari and Internet Explorer. A team from French security company Vupen took down Safari 5 running on a MacBook Air notebook in five seconds, and independent researcher Stephen Fewer used a trio of vulnerabilities to hack IE8 on Windows 7.

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Now, the Chromesource has another take on this whole pwn2own thing. No one trying at pwn2own, does that really mean that Chrome is not hackable at all ?

“But let’s not get the illusion that Chrome is impenetrable. No software is. The reality is that there just are other browsers right now that are easier to take down than Chrome.Granted, the Chrome Security Team has been smart by  setting up incentives for independent security experts to be rewarded for finding exploits that are then patched in the browser. They’ve already given out over $100,000 to researchers for finding holes.”

I think we have to agree, were hackers picking easier targets ? What do you guys think ?

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How to Add Chrome OS menu to Google Chrome Browser – Easy and Simple !

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Forget Everything Else – Read this now !

Remember this post and this post about changing Chrome browser in to Chrome OS in just two clicks ? And yes, that page stopped working as soon as people started using it. But, we have found a save fix, thanks to OMG Ubuntu, a great blog for ubuntu users, and here it is, simple, and easy.

The Chrome OS menu is at http://welcome-cros.appspot.com/menu for now. However, if you access this page directly on Chrome browser, it will not work. So, here is the first step you need to do, make a small change to your browser settings

  • Right click on the Google Chrome Browser icon on your desktop.
  • Select “Properties”
  • Look for “Target”
  • In the  “Target” box, after chrome.exe” put a space, and add the following line of code
  • -user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; CrOS i686 9.10; en-US) AppleWebKit/532.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/532.5″ -pinned-tab-count=1
  • Now, Click “Apply” and then “OK”
  • Now go to “Options” menu in Google Chrome settings.
  • Under “Home Page”, select ” Open This Page”
  • Enter http://welcome-cros.appspot.com/menu
  • Hit “close”
  • Restart your Chrome browser, and ROCK ON !!

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Google Chrome for Mac – Tough times for Safari ?

When Google Chrome is released for Apple’s Mac computers and Laptops, Safari’s browser market share will be hit … don’t you think so ?

Why people spend so much on their Mac, when they can get a normal PC at a much lower price ? Perfomance, Brand , etc etc … ok agreed.. but a major reason for Mac’s success is it’s user interface, the beauty and the ease to use it .. no questions about this right ?

Google Chrome also got it’s first recognition as “Looks Good, and Works Fast”.  It’s something that every Mac lover would love to have on their Desktop or Laptop computers. Google Chrome works faster than any other browser, and looks better than many. It’s going to be the first choice for Mac users, very soon.

With Safari 4 beta, Apple did try to give it a push, but we are yet to see results from this. If Google releases Chrome before Safari 4, stable version is out … well .. that’s going to be pretty interesting for us, and a bit tough for Safari to gain it’s lead on Mac.

What if Google Chrome’s Mac  version comes very late ? …. I am not able to make any guess about it right now. Do you have any ?