Chrome for iPad Updated: Options to Open Links in Google Apps & More

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Chrome for iPad

The Chrome app for the iPad has been updated again this week, to Version 28.0.1500.12. One of the most notable changes this update brings is the ability to open links in Google apps. This applies to links for YouTube, Maps, Google+,and Drive – all the better to keep us happily passing time with all those Google products while on an iOS device. This can be toggled on or off for each of the connected apps via Chrome settings.

This update brings a number of other substantial improvements as well – including full screen for iPad and enhancements to its already quite good voice search capabilities. Here’s the full change list:

• Interoperability with other Google Apps
◦ Option to open links for YouTube, Maps, G+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser.
• Enhancements to voice search
◦ Text-to-speech for all variations of English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese, and Korean.
◦ Toolbar controls are always available when using voice search
• Fullscreen on iPad
• Data cost savings
◦ Reduce data usage and speed up page load times.  View data savings in Bandwidth Management settings.  This feature is being rolled out and will be available to all users over time. 
• Access to browser history
• Stability / security improvements and bug fixes

The full screen view looks great and couldn’t be simpler to invoke – just scroll down a page and away you go.

I haven’t got the new Bandwidth Management settings on my iPad mini yet, but the update mentions that it’s a phased rollout. Have any of you seen these settings yet? If so, what do you think of them?

Chrome remains one of the best alternative browsers for iPad, especially for those of us who use it on the desktop – and the iPad version continues to add nice new features.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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