Yesterday when Chrome hit the iOS App Store, I allowed myself a moment of geek excitement; Chrome is my preferred browser on the PC, so I was looking forward seeing that experience translate to the iPad.
It’s nice, and has a familiar look and feel, but under the hood – as suspected – Apple’s app restrictions keep the browser from being much more than Safari with a Google facelift.
As confirmed by John Herrman on Buzzfeed, Apple hasn’t lifted its software restrictions, so Chrome for iOS is hobbled and not even really Chrome at all. The result is an experience that shares little with the real Chrome browser, and one actually slower than Safari on the iPad.
One good thing about the browser is that it allows syncing your content with Chrome on your Mac or PC. Actually… that’s about the only good thing.
M. Nichols, Products Editor