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Google offers iOS developers quick return to apps from Chrome

Tempts developers away from Safari
Wed May 08 2013, 14:53
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has introduced a method for iOS developers to send users directly to its Chrome web browser on iOS from an app.

With Apple's iOS giving pride of place to the firm's own Safari web browser, it has been very hard for rival web browsers to gain popularity on iOS. Now Google has come up with one way to promote its own iOS Chrome web browser by allowing app developers to call Chrome directly from their app and return users to the app.

Google's OpenInChromeController class allows developers to send users to the Chrome web browser but present a "back" button that doesn't send users to the iOS main app screen but back to the original app. From a developer's point of view this should help mitigate iPhone fanbois' inability to remember what they were doing two minutes ago.

Google software engineer Michele Aiello said, "After you've downloaded the OpenInChromeController class and added it to your project, you'll be able to check if Chrome is installed, and if so, send links to Chrome with or without x-callback enabled. Additionally, you can specify whether or not to open a new tab when sending a link to Chrome."

Given Apple's ability to bundle Safari in iOS it's not going to go away anytime soon, and the only way Google and other web browser vendors can create footholds in iOS is by providing iOS app developers with ways to increase their potential revenue by using alternative web browsers. µ


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