Hot on the heels of rolling out the improved Drive app with spreadsheet editing capabilities, Google today also refreshed its excellent Chrome browser for the iPhone and iPad. Google Chrome version 23.0.1271.91 (seriously? what’s up with the versioning scheme?) is now available for download, bringing with it support for Apple’s Passbook app on iOS 6 devices, better handling of PDF documents in external applications, new text encoding setting and more. Jump past the fold for your changelog and more tidbits…

You can now open PDFs in external apps, turn on text encoding detection in settings if you’re seeing garbled characters on certain sites and save your boarding passes and tickets to Apple’s PassBook app.

Google writes in a blog post that an update prompt inside of Chrome may pop up for those forgetting to apply the new version from the App Store.

Known issues are available on the Chrome support site.

Chrome for Android was also updated with some bug fixes.

Google Chrome version 23.0.1271.91 release notes

• open PDFs in other apps
• save your boarding passes and tickets with PassBook
• seeing garbled characters? Turn on text encoding detection in settings.
• stability and security improvements
• many bug fixes

As always, Chrome is a free universal binary download from the App Store.

Regardless of your feelings about the whole Apple-Google chick fight, there’s no reason to avoid Chrome.

It’s arguably the best third-party browser on the iPhone and iPad and it though it doesn’t take advantage of Javascript optimizations available in the Safari browser (there’s a tweak for that!), it beats Apple’s stock offering with great syncing capabilities, awesome tabbed browsing implementation and other perks.

Jeff took it for a spin so do check out his video review if you haven’t already.

Which browser do you prefer on mobile, Apple’s Safari or Google’s Chrome?

  • bartuus

    I prefer safari

    • CollegiateLad

      Me too. Syncs great between my iPhone, iPads, and macs.

      • pawfyd

        So does Chrome.

  • I prefer Chrome

    The ability to sync tabs across devices/platforms is awesome!

    I’m hoping they add a disappearing when scrolling address bar at some point (like Safari).

  • If only they’d integrate “Reader” functionality into Chrome iOS. I don’t understand why they don’t since the desktop version has countless add-ons for it. It’s the only thing that doesn’t clearly push it above Safari, IMO.

  • AltF5

    Chrome is a great browser for iOS. Its honestly the only browser I used across all machines and Devices. I love instant syncing nature of everything (history, bookmarks, etc will follow my to any deivce I have Chrome on — and signed in of course). One thing that is INVALUABLE is the ability to natively open of office formats like Word docs. I have used this during classes to look at curriculum, when Safari just fails, and I dont want to “Download” it via a different application. (I do wish it had support for Visio files: .vsd, but I’ll take what I can get). Its actually rather amazing, because not even the desktop version of chrome can open office file extensions. Probably Google is utilizing their own Google Docs APIs specifically for mobile devices to make our lives easier 😀 (thank you google!). It’s also very kind of them to enable iDevice users to have this powerful browser… Kindle users are not so lucky. BTW, in regards to the versioning, they are trying to keep the same version as the desktop browser: 23.0.1271.91. Indeed Chrome just keeps getting better.

  • Chrome is. Good browser. It’s just sometimes things aren’t supported for some reason

  • Talk about basic PDF “open in” dialogue. Woulda been nice to see somethin a little more spruced up. Anyway, nice update. Much needed. I second the extensions idea. Would turn chrome on ios into a monster of a browser. 🙂

  • The things I like about Chrome is the sync of all data between devices and the unified search. If there is jailbreak, I guess I might change to Safari

  • Fag

    And I don’t give a fuck.

  • SimonReidy

    For Chrome users on either PC or Mac, Chrome for iOS is a no brainer. I’ve always disliked Safari, both the desktop and mobile versions. But I’m a PC user and Safari just doesn’t integrate well with PC’s (and it’s plugin support is highly limited compared to Chrome).

    As for Chrome on iOS, with ‘Nitrous’, ‘Browser Chooser’, ‘Chrome Download Manager’ and ‘ChromeCustomization’ tweaks installed, its a very feature-rich and fast browser for jailbroken devices. Nitrous in particular is a brilliant tweak to bring its JavaScript performance up to that of Safari.

    I found another small feature added in the latest Chrome upgrade too. Its probably not much use to most people, but you can now share links directly to the Gmail app, rather than using the native Apple mail client.