Google Chrome?

w00t951

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Jan 6, 2009
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There are alternate browsers like Opera and iCab, so why not Google Chrome? Firefox? IE? Why aren't we seeing browsers from more heavy hitters?
 

charlieegan3

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Feb 16, 2012
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internet explorer? don't think so.

google chrome took ages to get to android.

most extra browsers are safari based and so wouldn't make much difference anyway.

An app is another thing to keep up to date etc, might be a deterrence.

I would like to have the google sync on the iphone though. I love Google Chrome.
 

Daveoc64

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Jan 16, 2008
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Bristol, UK
There are alternate browsers like Opera and iCab, so why not Google Chrome? Firefox? IE? Why aren't we seeing browsers from more heavy hitters?
Apple won't allow it.

Apps are not allowed to run or interpret code.

The third party browsers on iOS are either:

a) A front end to the WebKit engine used by Safari (e.g. Atomic Web browser)

b) Opera - which interprets the code on a server run by Opera, to dodge the restriction.

There are limitations to both approaches. In:

a) Apple doesn't allow the App access to the latest optimisations in JavaScript, which means that the Apps perform slower than Safari in some situations.

b) Opera cannot interact with the device (e.g. to get the user's location) nor can it utilise things like touch events.