Google Chome for iPhone and iPad could be about to get much faster

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If you use Chrome on iOS then you’ve probably noticed that it can be a little sluggish. This isn’t necessarily Google’s fault, but Apple’s. Cupertino had been using a dirty trick to keep it crappier than its own Safari browser – but this could be about to change.

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According to VentureBeat one of the lesser spotted changes with the recently announced iOS8 is that Apple will be allowing third party browsers to use its “Nitro” javascript engine – which had previously been Safari owner.

What this means that all of the important data crunching that needs to be done to display most fancy, modern webpages (particularly those with lots of dynamic elements, like Facebook) would become a whole lot faster, if Google make the required changes to the browser.

Now if only Apple let us choose a default browser too rather than forcing Safari on us…

James O’Malley

10 comments

  • Could you be a little less obvious with your Apple knocking? Devoid though your articles are of much substance though they be, they are rendered even less palatable by your sniping. There’s nothing wrong at all for the writer of software to reserve it for its own use, thus reserving Nitro speed for Safari’s use is normal behaviour. Do you get to use Google’s ranking algorithms for your own purposes? And as for forcing you to use Safari, this indicates to me a fractured view of force.

    • I am writing this on a MacBook Pro, with my iPhone in my pocket and my iPad in my bag.

      • Glad to hear it! I don’t expect perfection from any company, or any person but I have to say that after 30 years of experience of Apple as employee, contractor, supplier and customer this company comes as close to being peerlessly excellent as I am ever likely to see. Most of us could never afford best-in-class when it comes to a house, or we would all live on Rodeo Drive or Park Lane, and we probably could never afford best-in-class when it comes to cars or we’d all pose around in Rolls Royces, but when it comes to personal computers we CAN afford to choose Apple. Until something better overall comes along, that’s where I will be staying. Niggles, warts and all. After all, nothing is perfect.

        • Chippy Apple fanboy is chippy.

          When fanboys are forced to concede that Apple products might be less than perfect, they say the words but they don’t really believe it. They would be more convincing if they didn’t attack anyone who suggests that sometimes, just sometimes, Google/Microsoft/Facebook/Uncle Tom Cobley does things better.

          • Can you produce any evidence for these sweeping statements?

            In general, I steer clear of Google products but this isn’t because they are necessarily inferior to other choices, though they sometimes are and in Android’s they CERTAINLY are, but because Google is an advertising outfit and does anything it wants to do in furtherance of its objective in targeting you for advertising and who knows what else, including reading every email you send via Gmail for clues as to what its advertising partners/customers might peddle to you.

            I can’t see any difference between that and the US Postal Service opening letters it delivers to see what you and your correspondents might be interested in. If you like dealing with an outfit that thinks behaviour like this is just fine and dandy, you go right ahead.

  • Could you be a little less obvious with your Apple knocking? Devoid though your articles are of much substance though they be, they are rendered even less palatable by your sniping. There's nothing wrong at all for the writer of software to reserve it for its own use, thus reserving Nitro speed for Safari's use is normal behaviour. Do you get to use Google's ranking algorithms for your own purposes? And as for forcing you to use Safari, this indicates to me a fractured view of force.

    • I am writing this on a MacBook Pro, with my iPhone in my pocket and my iPad in my bag.

      • Glad to hear it! I don't expect perfection from any company, or any person but I have to say that after 30 years of experience of Apple as employee, contractor, supplier and customer this company comes as close to being peerlessly excellent as I am ever likely to see. Most of us could never afford best-in-class when it comes to a house, or we would all live on Rodeo Drive or Park Lane, and we probably could never afford best-in-class when it comes to cars or we'd all pose around in Rolls Royces, but when it comes to personal computers we CAN afford to choose Apple. Until something better overall comes along, that's where I will be staying. Niggles, warts and all. After all, nothing is perfect.

        • Chippy Apple fanboy is chippy.When fanboys are forced to concede that Apple products might be less than perfect, they say the words but they don't really believe it. They would be more convincing if they didn't attack anyone who suggests that sometimes, just sometimes, Google/Microsoft/Facebook/Uncle Tom Cobley does things better.

          • Can you produce any evidence for these sweeping statements?In general, I steer clear of Google products but this isn't because they are necessarily inferior to other choices, though they sometimes are and in Android's they CERTAINLY are, but because Google is an advertising outfit and does anything it wants to do in furtherance of its objective in targeting you for advertising and who knows what else, including reading every email you send via Gmail for clues as to what its advertising partners/customers might peddle to you.I can't see any difference between that and the US Postal Service opening letters it delivers to see what you and your correspondents might be interested in. If you like dealing with an outfit that thinks behaviour like this is just fine and dandy, you go right ahead.

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