By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2014
Just when you thought web apps were officially dead on mobile, the Internet giant Google has expanded the reach of its ecosystem by announcing Tuesday that it’s bringing Chrome web applications to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Previously, Chrome apps were accessible via desktop computers only.
In turn, web apps run without major issues on any computing platform with a standards-compliant web browser. I know what you must be thinking, ‘Apple offered web app development for the iPhone and it didn’t work out for them’, right?
Google thought of that, too: an early developer preview of its tool allows developers to actually compile their Chrome web apps as native applications which can be easily distributed through Apple’s App Store and Google’s own Play store… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2014
Two weeks ago, Google announced it would be releasing a new Chrome version with a built-in translation feature and data compression engine capable of reducing cellular data usage by up to fifty percent. Today, a free Chrome update has just gone live in the App Store.
It brings the aforementioned Translate and Reduce Data Usage features, along with an improved New Tab Page to make searching faster and easier and the usual assortment of stability fixes and security improvements… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2014
If you prefer Google’s Chrome over Apple’s Safari on your Mac desktops and notebooks, good news: the search monster yesterday updated the browser with a few new features that help restrict kids’ use of the Internet while boosting their parents’ protection from malware.
I was instantly sold on the incredibly useful noisy tab indicators that make it easier to figure out which tab sound is coming from.
Now, why didn’t I think of that? Chrome 32 for Mac, Windows and Linux is now available for download and there’s a detailed description of the new features right below… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2014
CNET reported last summer that Google Now cards were heading to Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac. Six months later, Google releases a brand new Google Canary build with Google Now cards functionality nested right inside the browser’s notification center which sits in your Mac’s status bar.
Although not all Google Now cards are available in this alpha release of Chrome, the search company has integrated a few of the most popular ones like sports scores, real-time weather updates, and travel information… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2014
Google announced an update for its mobile Chrome browser today, which will bring the app to version 32. The update brings about a handful of new features including data compression, Google’s popular Translate feature and more.
The search giant says that the new data compression feature can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on your device, using Chrome. And with Google Translate for iOS, you can translate full webpages on the go… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2013
Chrome Apps may have debuted as simple website shortcuts, but Google has quickly expanded on the initial capabilities so these things now feel and behave much like rich, native apps, as opposed to your typical clunky and somewhat slow web app. Today’s Chrome Apps are packaged as native code, can work offline, access your computer’s local storage and more.
There are some really fine Chrome Apps out there that will make you question your preconceived notions of what a web app can do and now Google has created a home for them, right in your Mac’s Dock.
Introducing Chrome App Launcher which puts Chrome Apps for your desktop right in your Dock. Just click its icon and up pops a grid of all Chrome Apps that you’ve installed on your system. Read on for full details… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 4, 2013
Have you ever tried to right-click on an image in order to save it, only to find that the option to save the image is no where to be found? From time to time you’ll likely run into such an issue, and in many cases it has to do with how a particular web page is designed (css, etc.).
There’s a particular Chrome extension that I use for the Google Chrome browser called Image Downloader. This extension makes it easy to quickly identify all images on a particular web page. You can then download those images in batch form or individually.
Image Downloader probably isn’t an extension that you’ll use on a day-to-day basis, but it’s been instrumental to me in those instances where I needed to quickly download a stubborn image. Have a look at our video walkthrough as I step through the entire image downloading process using this great extension. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 4, 2013
Google is reportedly preparing a beta release of a toolkit that will help developers create native Chrome apps for iOS and Android. The move is said to be a part of a bigger initiative to bring based Chrome packaged desktop apps to mobile platforms.
The news comes from a recently discovered GitHub repository called Mobile Chrome Apps, which was created by Google software developer Michal Mocny. A search on Google Groups confirms the project, which is slated to enter beta in Jan. 2014… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013
Yours truly is a huge fan of Google Now so it goes without saying I’ve long been yearning for that kind of hands-free voice searching on my Mac desktops and notebooks. Available via Google’s free Search app for the iPhone and iPad since November 5, the cool feature dutifully listens to the ‘OK Google’ keyword which initiates a voice search. It’s severely crippled, too, as ‘OK Google’ only works if the Search app is running, as opposed to the always-on implementation on the Nexus 5 and Moto X.
Blame it on Apple’s strict policy that prohibits third-parties from listening to the microphone input in the background. Well, there are no such restrictions on Macs (yet) and Google has taken advantage of the fact and released a nice little extension for its browser allowing you to talk to Google (when you’re using Chrome) hands-free, no typing required… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2013
In line with its announcement last week, Google has updated its Chrome browser for iOS this afternoon, bringing the app to version 31.0.1650.18. The update includes several bug fixes, and a couple of handy new features.
The headlining new feature is called synced autofill, and it will auto-complete forms on the web that you’ve previously filled out while logged in under the same Google account. And there’s also a new long-press function… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 15, 2013
Chrome users will be happy to hear that Google has announced that it’s adding the autofill feature from its desktop and Android app to the iOS client today, making it much easier to fill out online forms.
And the feature will of course sync information with your Google account. So as long as you’re logged in on your iOS device, you will be able to auto-complete forms that you’ve already filled out elsewhere… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2013
I don’t always find it necessary to capture entire web pages as images, but when I do, there’s one surefire go-to tool that I use — Awesome Screenshot. A browser extension available for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, Awesome Screenshot is the best way to quickly capture, annotate, and save a full image of a web page.
I find this extension extra handy when comparing Geekbench scores side by side. In fact, I used it in our latest Geekbench comparison of the Nexus 5 and iPhone 5s.
Of course, it has many other uses; people like to use it for archiving web pages, cropping, sharing annotated images, blurring out sensitive data, etc. The best thing about Awesome Screenshot is that it runs right in your browser, so it reduces the amount time that you need for a dedicated image editor. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2013
The great thing about Apple’s iOS 7 password syncing feature is that setting up iCloud Keychain on your device with an iCloud Security Code prevents anyone from gaining access to your saved web passwords by going to Settings > Safari > Passwords & AutoFill > Saved Passwords. That is, viewing any saved entry there requires providing an iCloud Security Code, or your account password on the Mac.
This added layer of protection ensures I can’t steal your iPhone while it isn’t auto-locked and use the Settings app to hijack your online identities in a snap. Not so much with Chrome for Mac. Currently, Google’s browser does not require any form of authentication to reveal saved passwords. The Internet giant is aware of the problem and is aiming to deploy enhanced security for saved passwords in an upcoming Chrome build… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2013
Google’s Chrome went from zero market share to becoming the world’s most popular desktop web browser in just five years. And since its release on Apple’s iOS platform in June 2012, Chrome’s been consistently the top third-party browser on the App Store (free download), making its way on a lot of people’s Home screens. Research firm Chitika estimates that Chrome’s share of web traffic coming from the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices has doubled since June 2012 launch.
Just 24 hours into its launch Chrome became the App Store’s most popular free app and grabbed an estimated 1.5 percent share of total iOS web traffic. Today, Google’s iOS browser accounts for three percent of total iOS web traffic… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 3, 2013
For all of you folks buying gifts in secret for your loved ones, beware; Chrome’s incognito mode has a flaw that allows users to recover searches performed in private. A new video has surfaced showcasing the flaw in action, and iDB has independently verified, that indeed, Incognito mode on the iOS version of Chrome ain’t so incognito.
The problem occurs when searching in incognito mode and then exiting incognito mode and performing a web search on Google.com. The issue doesn’t occur when exiting Google.com and searching using Chrome’s Omnibox.
Incognito mode has never been exactly fail proof on iOS, but this is still a pretty embarrassing gaffe for Google. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2013
Good news Chrome users! Google has posted an update for the iOS version of the popular browser this afternoon, bringing the app to version 29 and in line with its Desktop and Android counterparts.
Among the usual performance improvements are 3 new features: a faster back button for returning to search results, a new Bandwidth Management Settings option, and pronoun support in voice search… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2013
Google has come under fire this week for the way that its Chrome browser handles password storage. The criticism comes in light of some new findings posted by software developer Elliott Kember, who says he’s discovered a flaw in the way Chrome handles passwords.
Apparently, in the browser’s settings panel there’s a section that lists all of the websites in which a user has a stored password for, and their corresponding passwords. The data is hidden initially, but the passwords can be exposed with a simple click of the mouse… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2013
We raved about BMarks Bar – Chrome on the last episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, and for good reason, as it’s one of the best Google Chrome tweaks yet to be released. Recently, the tweak was updated with all sorts of new goodies, which is sure to make the bookmarking experience even better with Google Chrome.
Version 1.0.2 of BMarks Bar – Chrome brings enhanced iOS 5 compatibility, press and hold actions, dynamically updating bookmarks, and access to the bookmarks bar while in full screen mode. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of Google Chrome, you definitely want to check out the new features that this update brings to the table. Full video overview of the new features inside. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; it hasn’t been too often in the past few months that I’ve been genuinely overjoyed by a tweak; such an occurrence has been few and far between. But this new tweak, Thankfully, BMarks Bar – Chrome came out of nowhere and it genuinely surprised me with how good it is. Put it this way, if you’re a Chrome user on iOS who happens to be jailbroken, stop reading right now, find a dollar, head over to Cydia and buy this thing.
BMarks Bar – Chrome places a true bookmark bar on your Google Chrome app, just under the address bar like it’s supposed to be. Why Google has omitted such a feature thus far is anyone’s guess, but who cares at this point? We now have such a feature. Take a look at our full video walkthrough inside. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2013
The Internet giant Google has just pushed a major update to its Chrome browser for the iPhone and iPad, sporting better voice capabilities and containing a whole bunch of new features that make the browser fully interoperable with major Google apps available on the iOS platform.
In addition to advanced voice control achieved through additional enhancements to voice search and improved text-to-speech, this edition of the Chrome 28 build boasts tight interoperability with Google’s other native apps on iOS.
For starters, there’s a handy option to open links for YouTube, Maps, Google+ and Drive in Google’s native iOS apps instead of the browser. On the iPad side, there’s a new full-screen browsing mode (finally) along with other tidbits, mentioned after the break… Read More