Google improved its Chrome browser for iOS devices on Wednesday with new features and stability improvements. After updating the app to version 28 on an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, it’s easier to use Google’s other apps and services on Apple devices thanks to better app interoperability. Apple’s iPad also gains a full-screen browsing experience.
Many of the changes are meant for iOS users to stay within Google’s app and services ecosystem. For example, clicking an address link in a Chrome web search can open the Google Maps application instead of Apple’s own Maps software.
The iOS apps for YouTube, Google+ and Google Drive can also be opened through Chrome browser links with this version, and Google says more Google app support through Chrome is in the works. By first signing into Chrome, users will be able to sign into these other Google apps with a single click.
The update also brings support for Google’s data compression service although it won’t be live right away: Google is enabling the service through a rolled out approach.
With it, Google will serve up web pages in Chrome by compressing data on its own servers first and then sending the reduced amount of data to Chrome for iOS. This allows iOS device owners to surf more on a limited data plan. Google says it added stability enhancement and fixes, as well as voice search enhancements, but there are no details on what those enhancements are.
Chrome continues to be a bit of a growing crack in Apple’s walled garden: By improving the browser and adding hooks for other Google services that Apple can’t prevent, it allows Apple users to enjoy Apple’s hardware while also using Google’s web services.