Apple iPhone and iPad owners are probably pretty happy with how most iOS apps look on their devices, but perhaps a second look at Chrome for iOS is in order. Google updated its Chrome browser to version 40 on Tuesday, bringing its Material Design style to iOS.
Material Design is the Google’s new standard for how apps should look, using a material metaphor as “the unifying theory of a rationalized space and a system of motion. The material is grounded in tactile reality, inspired by the study of paper and ink, yet technologically advanced and open to imagination and magic.”
Chrome for iOS now shows off [company]Google[/company]’s improving design chops and is also optimized for the larger, higher-resolution displays on [company]Apple[/company]’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Additionally, Google said Handoff, a software feature that lets you pick up in an app where you left off when switching between Apple devices, is supported between iOS and OS X when using Chrome for iOS, even if Chrome isn’t your default browser on the desktop or laptop. That’s a bit surprising as you can be surfing in Chrome on an iPad and Handoff can take place in Safari on a Mac, for example.
Even so, you still can’t change the default browser in iOS to anything other than Safari, so using Chrome on an iPad or iPhone can be challenging at times, particularly when opening links from native iOS apps such as Mail.