At the Google I/O conference today, Google announced that the ultra-popular browser Chrome is headed to iOS, and it should land today. Like every other browser available on iOS, it’ll probably run the same engine as Safari (that’d be WebKit), but what it does bring to the table is tabbed browsing, incognito mode, and synced bookmarks to other versions of the app.
What’s really not clear at this juncture is what other features will come with the app, and how it’ll substantially differentiate itself from other third party browsers in the app store. After all, there is an official version of Opera in the app store which does interesting things with backend compression to boost download speed, but is still not commonly used. Will Google Chrome have enough behind it to be worth the effort to download, or will this be like the official GMail app, which was immensely disappointing? We’ll know later today, I guess.
UPDATEx2: Here’s Google Drive to download