Today’s Google I/O keynote was all about Chrome and web. We are happy to see the arrival of Chrome for iOS, a new and better Google Drive and Chrome’s evolved packaged apps platform. Read more below:
Chrome for iOS
Yes, after Chrome for Android exited beta, this web browser finally arrived at iPhone and iPad. You can now sync the Chrome browsers across all platforms including your iPhone. Continue to read a web page when you leave the desktop computer and use the iPad. All the opened tabs could be preserved, not to mention your bookmarks. You can also enjoy the incognito mode for private web surfing without trace.
I haven’t have time to try it out, but according to the review by Engadget, Chrome for iOS seems to be a great product that brings nice features Safari currently do not have.
Google Drive also found its place in iOS. A few weeks after the launch of the android app, the iOS version is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 5.0+. You can open PDFs, photos, videos, documents and anything else stored in your Drive, or download them for offline use.
Another most requested feature, offline editing , is now available on Chrome and Chrome OS! Currently only docs are supports, but Google said they would extend offline editing to spreadsheets and slide presentations later. All you need to enjoy offline editing is the latest version of Chrome or Chrome OS on your Chromebook or Chromebox.
These packaged apps are opened as if they are standalone applications. The application itself and the user data are stored locally. When you open a package app, you would not see the address bar, tabs and other browser features. You can treat packaged apps as native local apps written in web languages, or simply “modified web apps”. A typical package app looks like this:
See how Google talked about packaged apps: