Google Highlights Chrome Integration Tools for iOS Developers

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 7, 2013.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following yesterday's Gmail update that gave users the option to open links directly in apps like YouTube, Chrome, and Safari, Google has released a blog post detailing Chrome integration tools for iOS developers.

    With the iOS Links functionality, developers can give users the option to open a link in Chrome rather than Safari. In addition to opening a link in Chrome, developers are also given a dedicated back button within the browser, which will return users to the original app.
    Chrome's integration tools for developers have existed for several months, but with the release of its own app that supports the opening of links in Chrome, Google is reminding developers about the available functionality.

    Apple prevents third party browsers like Chrome from being set as the default iOS browsing option, which has prompted Google to create a workaround that provides a Google-centric experience on Apple's operating system.

    Article Link: Google Highlights Chrome Integration Tools for iOS Developers
  2. Codyak macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    This type of thing was one of the reasons I jailbroke mine, the forced default browser/maps was always one of the dumbest decisions Apple ever kept in place for iOS.
  3. phpman macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2010
  4. bojennett macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010

    My first thought is.… why? The WebKit web browser frame is, like, butt simple (2 lines of code), and it can load web pages from an external URL… just fine (one line of code). Works perfectly. Simply bizarre why I would want to do this. The Chrome browser is not going to be faster than the WebKit plug in (slower, actually)...
  5. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  6. iSRS macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    Might be just me, but...

    I have tried alternate browsers. But I don't see the benefit on an iOS device. Nothing really earth moving is available in one over the other.

    I'd love to hear some examples to make me want to switch, but I just don't.

    I also hope that Google doesn't start forcing their apps to use their other apps. That is just as bad as not having a choice. Make it an option like the did in the just updated GMail and I am fine.
  7. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    Agreed. Chrome is ok enough on a desktop and definitely my browser of choice on a Windows PC, I see no reason to move away from Safari on iOS or OS X.
  8. angrynstupid macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    Google Sucks

    If they're not stealing technology and calling it their own, they're stealing our private data. What a bunch of numnuts.
  9. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Thankfully mine is Jailbroken so Chrome and Google Maps are default! Hopefully iOS 7 will allow default apps.

    I expect to be disappointed though.
  10. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    What if you want a reload button? Forward and back buttons? Tabs? History?

    At some point you realize you want a browser, not just a web view. Rather than roll your own integrated browser in your app, you could just use Chrome now, and when the user presses back enough times they'll end up back in your app. Sounds neat to me.
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Clearly they are making it all a choice in their own apps where they've added this.
  12. CodeBreaker macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sea of Tranquility
    Nice. I personally don't use anything other than Safari (both OS X and iOS), but this looks like it will save me some development time.

    I hope, if we don't have Chrome installed, the apps don't open Chrome page in the App Store. It would be very annoying if that happens.
  13. nizzard macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2011

    Well, many,many times I need to access the full desktop version of a website, which Chrome allows me to do very easily.
  14. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    I started doing a check in my apps. If the user has Chrome installed, links open in that. Otherwise it falls back to Safari.

    That way we dont have to mess around with 'integration tools' for simple links to the browser.

    All you do is direct a link to googlechrome://<your link here> and it'll force it to open in chrome instead of safari.


    Its the ecosystem. For me Chrome is miles better than Safari because I can pull up pages I have open on any other device that I use Chrome on. It syncs my bokmarks, logins, etc. In comparison Safari is obviously limited to only doing it with Safari on your mac, and if (like most people) you dont use Safari on your mac, its not very useful.
  15. whoareyouanyway macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland
    I really dont know how Apple get away with not allowing users to change default browser. Cant see the difference with what they are doing now and what Microsoft did with IE.
  16. Virtual Steve macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2012
    If they're not stealing technology and calling it their own, they're stealing our private data...and calling it their own!

    Fixed that for ya :D
  17. flottenheimer macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Up north
    Wondering if Apple will suddenly ban this and kick the Google apps from the store?
    It could happen.
  18. bojennett macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
    I have developed about a dozen apps for clients. 4 of those have had web views, because they want to display some information, and a webview is a great way to do layout.

    If you are running an app that needs that much browser stuff - tabs, back/forward, etc. then you aren't making a native app. You are making a web app and wrapping it in an app skin for basic buttons. And you are doing that because you don't want to write a native app.

    I use over 100 apps on my phone. I have never found an app that uses a rich browser, nor have they been lacking because of it.

    I'm sorry, I still don't get it.

    And as somebody else pointed out, this is really a way for Google to get more information about you (or your app) by doing this. But Google supposedly isn't evil, right? Only Apple.
  19. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    Apple is getting owned on their own platform due their lack of foresight and plain stubbornness.
  20. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I never do this either, but Facebook and Twitter and many other apps have built in web browsers for opening links. They use built in web browsers instead of Safari because they want users to be able to navigate back to the app quickly. Do they have the user's best intentions in mind? It's debatable. But google is offering an alternative to rolling your own web browser that allows users to still get back to your app quickly and easily.
  21. bojennett macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
    Why would FB do this? They never want you leaving FB. Having a button that get you back to FB from the Chrome browser isn't the same thing as keeping you in FB to begin with. And in the case of iOS FB, they put a button for "open in Safari" if you really want to leave FB.

    My point is, FB didn't put a webview in because they were afraid of you going to Safari and not coming back. They put a webview in because that was a way to keep you in the walled garden. A "quick back" button from a chrome browser doesn't keep you in the walled garden, it just lets you know you left the garden.

    From a tech perspective, what Google did is "neat". But Wave was neat, too. Neat != valuable.:)
  22. Timur macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2008
  23. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Agreed. Microsoft was sued for this

    Hopefully iOS 7 let's users decide what they want or class action lawsuit
  24. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
  25. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    As long as this stays very far away from any iOS devices I own, I'll be happy.

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