Chrome now used by 1.5% of iOS users, 3 weeks after release

Chrome now used by 1.5% of iOS users, 3 weeks after release
Undoubtedly, Chrome is a neat little browser used by many not only on their desktop computers, but on mobile devices too. In fact, its adoption figures have been rising even faster recently ever since the app was released for the iPhone and the iPad as well.

Chrome for iOS quickly became the top free app in the App Store, and now, about 1.5% of iOS devices are running it, according to statistical data provided by Chitika. Sure, that doesn't seem like much, but a 1.5% share is quite an achievement given that the browser has been available for about three weeks only. Besides, the stock Safari browser is already pretty decent, so the demand for alternatives should not be that big at all. It is estimated that Safari is used on 85.6% of iOS devices, while other browers account for the remaining 13% of users.

Have you tried Chrome on your iPhone or iPad yet? We did soon after it was released, and the browser totally deserves to be checked out. It is available for free from the App Store, so don't hesitate to give it a shot.

source: Chitika via BGR



1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I used chromium since i am using Kubuntu 12.04 LTS as OS, so far it's a very great browser.

2. clevelandiskindacool

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Chrome on iPad is great, so many great features that Safari is currently lacking. My only gripe is that iOS will not nor ever let it become the default browser.

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

yes, but dumb restictions of Apple dont allow you to open any link in your email with your should buy far far far better Android, just facts: 1)http://goo gl/ZuTmL 2)http://goo gl/VpAC1 (this is how Siri really works :-D

3. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

R.I.P Safari......

4. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Im using it on the new Ipad. Great browser. However it has the same problem like Android version: not really smooth scrolling, thought quicker than Safari. Scrolling on stock ICS browser is still the best.

5. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i feel the same way... i'm sure down the road apple/google will polish the hell out of it... i cant say its better than safari at this point... i uninstalled it until the next major update is released.

16. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

smoothness is one of less important thing if you need to work.....features working well with one or two stutters is far far far more important

6. Chiddu

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

At this point Safari is better than because it is smoother than Chrome for iOS. Both of the browsers using the same engine(Safari's). Only the overlay(UI) is changed. Chrome is sluggish on my iPod Touch 4g, but Dolphin browser is a lot better compared to Chrome. I'm waiting for next update that make it to run smoother.

17. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so according to your logic table is better because it is smoother :)

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

It's a good browser... but 20 megs is one hell of a footprint considering the size of other well-received browsers like Dolphin, Maxthon, Skyfire, etc. So far, I haven't found a reason to leave my old xScope yet. How is it that the big names like Chrome, Opera (Mobile), & Firefox are all well upwards of 10-20MB, while 3rd party devs are providing a pleasurable browsing experience with under 5MB?

8. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

How is this calculated? Just because a user has an app doesn't necessarily mean they use it as their main browser.

9. retrokick

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

Agree... back in the day when I still used BlackBerry, I had Opera because it was a better browswer -- but rarely used it because the stock browser could handle most things I used it for. Although if Chrome is anything on mobile like it is on the computer, they'll become very popular very quickly.

10. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Did you know that Chrome could be even faster? But Apple doesn't allow it.

11. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I know I'm the minority, but I prefer Opera for my browsing needs: desktop and mobile. Right now on my Android phone, I use Opera Mini and it's a great because as a Sprint customer who only has access to 3G speeds, when I'm not on Wi-Fi, Opera Mini does great on 3G speeds. Though once I upgrade to a more capable phone, I'll probably check out Chrome for Android, since I do plan on upgrading to an Android phone with 4.0 ICS preinstalled. -EDIT- And just to add, my friend who is also a Sprint customer and who happens to own an iPhone 4 says that he uses Chrome as his default browser instead of Safari.

12. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Wait for an Android phone with 4.1 Jelly Bean preinstalled instead. You will not regret it.

13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I was looking at getting a Galaxy Nexus, mainly because I know Nexus devices get OS updates faster and not to mention, the Samsung GS3 and HTC EVO 4G LTE look ugly to me. I'm kind of hoping that Motolora Photon Q device that PA reported on comes out before my upgrade in September because I would really hate to lose my QWERTY keyboard.

14. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Well the Galaxy Nexus isn't "that" expensive. It's $350 without a contract. You can get that now then later get something better for $200 with a contract. You can sell the Nexus for around $200 and you'll come out even.

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