Chrome for iOS Tops The Download Charts, but is Intentionally Handicapped by Apple

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ApathyCurve

Heh. Apple has the worst case of "Not Invented Here" syndrome in history.

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Philippe Lemay

Honestly I don't think I care how slow it is... able to access all my desktop bookmarks on my iPad, without having to manually put them all in? (I have hundreds by this point) YES please!

Damn... now I want that Nexus 7 even more... And yes, I realize the irony of owning an iPad and calling myself an Apple-hater. He's what made me hate Apple...

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keyzs

wonder why would anyone bother with the half eaten fruit company....

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acidic

iOS users are just "using it wrong" but there is "an app for that." if it weren't for a closed-ecosystem as stated before, users could/would have a choice. yet, the sheeple keep falling for the bright, shiny, hip factor. it is also nice to see that despite what apple says, that iOS 6 is really looking to start to fragment iOS, and they are starting to look like android

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Philippe Lemay

Speaking as an Apple-hater and Android user... that's not exactly accurate.

iOS 6 is going to "fragment" only for devices that are 2 years old or more. Devices that are really starting to show their age and simply don't have the hardware needed to run it. Android on the other hand still has tons of devices being activated as we speak using 2.3 (or sometimes even older systems), despite having just unveiled 4.1. I got my phone just a few months ago (granted it was only 250$) and I don't think it's ever going to get more than Gingerbread, despite the fact it has 512MB of RAM.

At the moment Android is still king of Fragmentation.

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Kasper56

There's a JB app that allows you to set your default browser to whichever one you wish. It's called BrowserChooser.

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Eoraptor

yeah, i remember when they banned firefox for being a distributor of pornography... you know, as if you couldn't browse porn sites on safari.

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CaptainFabulous

Isn't this pretty much the exact same thing that got Microsoft in antitrust trouble, i.e., Internet Explorer vs Netscape?

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SSquirrel

No. Microsoft used their power in one area (operating systems) to push themselves in another area (browsers). OEMs COULD put another OS on their computers and sell them, but they would still have to fork out the cost of a Windows license to MS or MS would stop dealing with them. very different situation. Having a monopoly itself isn't an anti-trust issue, it is what you do when you have that.

Also, while Apple controls the keys to the kingdom pretty tightly, there are still more people who buy Android, so you can't say they have a monopoly. This is controlling what goes on in their OS and while the iPhone is the top selling individual phone model, it is not a monopoly.

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CaptainFabulous

My recollection was different, that the issue revolved around that Microsoft built IE into the OS and included it for free, essentially giving them a significant leg up in the browser market over their competitors such as Netscape. Cause even if you went out of your way to download and install Netscape you couldn't remove IE. They used their position as the owner of the OS to exert undue control in their favor over the burgeoning browser market. It was never about the OS itself.

Sounds a lot like what Apple is doing here. They control the OS and are exerting their muscle to ensure their browser performs better than all the alternatives.

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Ghok

That's how I remember it too, CaptainFabulous. At least from a user's point of view.

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Keith E. Whisman

Perhaps if someone can build an app for Jailbroken IPhones and Ipads that ads Chrome features and Chrome Synchronizing, that would be great with the added benefit of keeping the performance of Safari. I think there are a few Safari apps in Cydia for tricking out Safari, I just never looked them up until a minute from now, going to check it out.

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cmasupra

What's wrong with Safari on iOS? I don't like it on OS X, but on iOS I don't have any problem with it.

Edit: To be clear, I'm a Windows user. I only run OS X to make iOS apps.

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bling581

I don't find anything really wrong with Safari, but like others have said it's a matter of choice. One thing that I really liked about Chrome for iOS is that I can sync bookmarks. I can't tell you how many times I've found a certain webpage on my phone and had to copy and paste a link into an email and send it to myself. I'm not talking about a main web page link, but one of those extremely long ones that can't even fit in your address bar. With the bookmark sync I wouldn't have to deal with that.

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Justin.Kerr

The problem is absence of choice, not that iOS Safari is lacking terribly. Chrome is artificially handicapped on iOS, this is an issue they need to address.

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kamikaji

Very well said. I completely agree. Apple shenanigans like this are one reason why I will forever use Android devices.

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