Chrome iOS iPhone

Google’s free Chrome for iOS browser is one of a few dozen popular iPhone and iPad applications that crash or refuse to work properly on iOS 8. And although the second beta of iOS 8 claims improved compatibility with third-party software such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, Chrome still wouldn’t work reliably.

Acknowledging as much, the Internet giant has just issued a minor Chrome for iOS update with stability fixes and “compatibility with new iOS versions”…

The Chrome Releases blog lists no other changes in Chrome version 35.0.1916.41 for the iPhone and iPad.

This is interesting and confusing at the same time.

For starters, I’m not unsure as to whether or not Google – or any other developer for that matter – is allowed to push iOS 8 app compatibility updates yet. On the other hand, I’m certainly glad they’ve acted so swiftly to make Chrome play nice with iOS 8.

Download Google Chrome for iOS free in the App Store.

The universal app requires iOS 6.0 or later.

  • Jonathan

    Yeah, Google’s always on top of things.

  • regkilla

    Chrome seems faster now.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Does it use the Nitro javascript engine now?

    • NaSty

      Im guessing they might’ve done that but will only push out that update once iOS 8 officially releases

    • Chris

      I doubt the Chrome dev team will adopt Apple’s new Nitro engine anytime soon as they have invested heavily in the V8 engine which at this point in time is still the fastest JavaScript processing engine since you can’t count something that hasn’t been released publicly.

      • Andy

        What are you talking about? The iOS Chrome app is being discussed, not the desktop browser. It seems iOS 8 allows any app using WebKit to also have access to the Nitro engine.

      • Chris

        I’m not talking about Chrome for desktop, since Google’s announcement last year about Blink they have been working to increase the power of the V8 engine and they’ve done just that but as of yet still can’t work it into iOS.

        At this point in time I see the Chrome dev team doing everything they can to improve the performance of JavaScript processing on iOS without using Nitro as they’ve already said they want to keep moving forward without being stuck behind the slower UIWebView technologies which they’ve proven during the past year considering Chrome for iOS is faster than Safari.

  • iDB

    still crashes every time for me

  • Sachin

    If will be really cool if we can use continuity between Chrome on my Windows PC and Chrome on my iPhone.

    • Chris

      I was under the assumption that is the sync to mobile feature

  • Straw hat

    Why doesn’t google remove that little shadow under their icon ? It looks weird while all the icons on the springboard are flat.

  • asdfasdf

    Does whatsapp work for anyone on beta 2?

  • chris125

    I didn’t think they could update apps before the OS was official, but good to see these apps being updated and not having to wait until the fall for those running iOS 8 and chrome

    • Chris

      Google can do anything, they’ve proven that

  • iPhone Gruru

    Tweetbot is having issues with ios 8

  • sanmoy

    html5 audio is not working in iOS 8. chrome and any other app which relies on uiwebview (native web rendering engine), cannot play html5 audio.

  • Morten Dyrebjerg Lystlund

    Hi i have an issue with the Google chrome app for iPad when I open a new tab, and want to find a website I can’t see the top of my qwerty keyboard.. Hope they fix it soon..