Google app vs Safari

s2mike

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I use the Google app a ton, but just recently realized that there doesn't seem to be much reason to even have the app on my phone when I can simply launch a new Safari tab and start searching immediately. Plus, Google via Safari tab allows you to use Search Tools to filter searches by time, image size, etc). The Google app doesn't allow that for whatever reason.

So, is there really any compelling reason to use the Google app vs Safari?
 

s2mike

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I also realized that when you copy/paste an image via the Google app...it always copies and pastes the source code for the image in addition to the picture, whereas Safari only copies the actual image. Makes it easier for quick copy/pasting images for texts and emails.

Though the Google voice search is way better than Siri.
 

WordsmithMR

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I've recently started using Chrome on iOS. And I love it. It's seriously 100x faster than Safari. Another perk is it syncing with chrome on PC as I no longer have a MacBook.

That being said, you do lose a few features. Like full intergration with your phone. Unable to enable ad blocker apps because Apple restricts. Unable to make Chrome your main browser for opening links from other apps outside of google apps... I thought Apple was moving forward with 8.0 and allowing us to use other apps and deleting their stock apps but they didn't do it very well.
 

casperes1996

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I've recently started using Chrome on iOS. And I love it. It's seriously 100x faster than Safari. Another perk is it syncing with chrome on PC as I no longer have a MacBook.
I find it funny that you talk about speed, because you know what? On iOS, the backend for Chrome, is actually Safari.. That's right. When Chrome loads a webpage, it asks the system to get the page, in an identical way to how Safari would, and then shows it with the Chrome view around it. Remote code execution isn't allowed in third party apps to avoid malicious software, and websites could potentially run JavaScript code on device, so for safety, it's only allowed through Safari, where Apple can control how the code is being run, and make sure it's safe. Therefore, if a webbrowser app actually wants to load a webpage, it needs to make a system call to "Safari" (not full Safari, just an API that loads pages exactly like Safari does), and ask it to load it up, and then display the content.
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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I've recently started using Chrome on iOS. And I love it. It's seriously 100x faster than Safari. Another perk is it syncing with chrome on PC as I no longer have a MacBook.

That being said, you do lose a few features. Like full intergration with your phone. Unable to enable ad blocker apps because Apple restricts. Unable to make Chrome your main browser for opening links from other apps outside of google apps... I thought Apple was moving forward with 8.0 and allowing us to use other apps and deleting their stock apps but they didn't do it very well.
Curious, what do you find faster about Chrome for iOS (and in particular if it's something so noticeably faster that we are talking about 100x essentially)?
 
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