WebOffline for Chrome brings offline web page reading to Google’s iOS browser

By , Nov 12, 2012

WebOffline for Chrome is a new jailbreak tweak that integrates offline reading capability directly into the Google Chrome browser for iOS. As someone who does a lot of offline reading, and as someone who’s a huge Google Chrome proponent, this sounded like the perfect tweak for me. Sadly, the tweak falls short due to its bugs.

As you’ll see in our hands-on video, WebOffline for Chrome has tons of potential, but unfortunately it needs a few more hours in the oven before it’s really ready for primetime.

Once installed, WebOffline for Chrome places a new offline button in Google Chrome’s options panel. Tapping that button should result in the page being cached for later viewing, but more times than not it results in a crash.

When the offline saving does work, you’re presented with a nice green pop-up window that slides up from the bottom of the page. The tweak looks well put together, and doesn’t clash with the rest of the Google Chrome interface.

Again, though, I encountered more problems. When I was actually able to save a page successfully, the page was nowhere to be found once I opened up the bookmarks, and tapped on the WebOffline button. The bottom line is that WebOffline needs to be debugged more thoroughly before you should consider the $0.99 purchase.

It’s going to be a great tweak when it actually works, but if I were you, I’d sit round one out, and wait until an update or two makes it way to Cydia’s BigBoss repo. What do you think?

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  • jose castro

    meh

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

    So buggy, don’t buy it now. WAIT >.< but nice app

  • Damian W

    I noticed that all the these tweaks for Chrome are always very buggy at an early stage of release. Strange, since most other tweaks not Chrome related seem to work just fine when get released.

  • http://twitter.com/BouchardAnthony Anthony Bouchard

    Version 1.0.1 has been released and it should resolve these crashing issues.