Rumor has Google Chrome coming to iOS this quarter

Rumor has Google Chrome coming to iOS this quarter
Google Chrome has made a big splash in a relatively short time in the desktop market, and although it is only available for Android 4.x devices right now, it also quickly placed itself in the upper echelon of Android browsers. Now, rumor has it that Google is getting ready to release the Chrome browser on iOS devices as well.

Macquarie Equity Research is not only sure that Google will release a version of Chrome for iOS, but that the app will be coming this quarter, which means sometime by the end of June. Macquarie sites not only the popularity of the other versions of Chrome on different platforms, but says that releasing an iOS version would limit the amount of traffic acquisition cost (TAC) that Google pays to Apple for the use of Google search in Safari. 

It would certainly be nice to see Chrome on iOS, but even if the option is there, it won't change the fact that it's impossible to change the default browser on iOS, so links will still open in Safari. And, it doesn't seem like that will change any time soon.


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22 Comments

1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol... Google is business... no loyalty to android or apple... it'll be interesting to see how this browser works out for the iphone i really dont like safari...

2. JcHnd

Posts: 284; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Oh cool... so it's going to iOS... but not coming to the rest of android devices that dont have ICS? nice move google!

3. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I would like to see Chrome stay away from an android competitor, but its only fair for the poor sheep using the iPhone to get a top of the line browser, even though they've probably been brainwashed from Safari being on everything from their macbook/iPhone/iPad

5. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

It's purely business, Cwebb. Google doesn't sit in their cubicles complaining about iOS or Apple and thinking of ways to childishly destroy a company. Instead they are doing the smart thing, and they are making money off of Apple by doing this, IF they do it (it's a rumor afterall). You're worried about your personal preference, while Google focuses on being a business and making money/expanding their market.

13. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Its to save money kid beta for Android top of the line for iOS same as Google+.

18. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

If Apple users are sheeps then believe me,there are millions of sheeps out there....

4. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

If it is released, Safari will become history but I would rather have it remain an Android exclusive.

6. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

If Google conducted business in such narrow-minded ways, then you wouldn't see Chrome on Mac AND Windows, or any Google apps for iOS, or Google as the default search engine on iOS. Fortunately, the people at Google who know about business tend to handle their business in a [mostly] mature manner. Let's leave the business decisions to the ones who know how to run one.

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So why is google navigation still only on android then.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

why are NONE of Apple's creations on another platform then?

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

On my Laptop and PC, I use Opera. :)

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The built in chrome-like browser on ICS 4.0.4 is great...I will be surprised if APPLE allows this to happen as they are anti-competitive.

9. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Google is no longer can spying users on safari. Still trying on chrome

21. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That would be an interesting point except Google's "spying" was 1) not actual spying of any kind, and 2) using an exploit in the WebKit code that Google itself had patched 2 years ago, but Apple never adopted the fix.

10. Yusei

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Hummmmm...Don't think so. Even if Google want this, Apple will not allow.

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Apple has begun letting 3rd party browsers into the App Store. To block Chrome would be anti-competitive and draw a lot of scrutiny. Far easier for Apple to just allow it, but keep the policy of not allowing users to set a different default browser (which is still anti-competitive, but harder to get in trouble for that.)

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's not their webkit code, apple will never allow it. The version of opera doesn't do any computing on the phone either, that's why they allowed it. Just as google navigation is an android only feature, so should chrome.

14. stealthd unregistered

Chrome uses webkit

16. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

But not *apple's* webkit. Both use different javascript engines. Apple forbids downloading code to execute, and that includes web pages javascript.

15. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Why Google ???? Why give away your Browser to iOS ??? WE dont have Safari for Android !!!!

17. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Why the hell would we want Safari on Android? We've got Chrome, Dolphin and Firefox. Even Android's stock browser is better than that crap.

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Because Apple isn't running a search engine and Google is. It's in the article: Google would do this in order to cut down on Google Search traffic coming from Safari (which Google pays Apple for).

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