Google Offers iOS Devs Enhanced Chrome Support


It is no fun trying to horn-in on Apple’s turf when it comes to iOS, and no matter how much of a better browser you think you can make, the platform is going to keep steering users back to Safari. What’s a dev to do? If you’re Google, trying to raise Chrome’s image on iOS, you reach out to other developers, giving them some interesting ways to let their users interact with web pages.

What this new system lets developers do is have their apps send users over to Chrome to check out a web page. The system call directs them to Chrome in specific, bypassing Safari in the process. Devs might want to take this route over using an in-app browser window if users are expected to be interacting with larger content.

The neat part is how this lets them get back. When an app sends them to Chrome in the first place, it can create a button users can tap to jump right back in to the originating app. Besides being convenient, this helps developers avoid their users getting distracted and wandering off into the depths of the internet, keeping them focused on the app and coming back for more.

Source: Google
Via: iMore

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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