Google’s mobile Chrome browser was updated this morning in the App Store and the new release promises a whopping 70 percent fewer crashes along with a few other goodies, such as Spotlight Search integration.
Google said that the dramatically reduced crash rate is due to Chrome’s adoption of WKWebView, a rendering engine from Apple which was first introduced with the release of iOS 8 back in 2014.
Replacing the old UIWebView with Apple’s new WKWebView API, which allows third-party browsers to achieve the performance equivalent to Safari, has resulted in “dramatic improvements in stability, speed, responsiveness and web compatibility,” according to Google.
“Out-of-process rendering was one of Chrome’s earliest innovations, and we’ve always wanted to bring its benefits to our iOS users,” Google said.
“Unfortunately UIWebView, the component used to render web pages on iOS, is in-process, so that’s never been possible before. The introduction of WKWebView in iOS 8 gave us that opportunity, though migrating to the new framework brought significant challenges.”
Chrome 48 should also delight iOS users with smoother scrolling, improved responsiveness and enhanced web compatibility with support for features like IndexedDB and more.
Lastly, Google’s Data Saver extension for the desktop is now out of beta and can be found in the Chrome Web Store.
Google Chrome 48.0 changelog
Here’s everything Google updated and improved in this release of Chrome for iOS, which carries a build number of 48.0.2564.87.
- Redesigned icons on the New Tab page: easier access to more of your frequently-visited sites
- Spotlight integration: Drag down or right from the Home screen and search for your Chrome bookmarks
Chrome requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0 or later.
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