Google Chrome For iOS Updated With Quick History Access, Webpage Sharing Via Messages, Search Tweaks


That’s better.

Google has released a big update to its official Chrome browser for iOS devices. Chrome 25 comes with two big features: the ability to quickly recall browsing history by tapping and holding the back button, and the option to share webpages natively with the Messages app.

Over the next few days, Google says it will improve web searches in Chrome by displaying results right in the browser’s omnibox. Space will be maximized to display more results as well.

The first history recall feature is a slick addition that many will find useful. If you tap and hold on the back button in Chrome, a little drop-down will appear with your recently visited pages. Chrome has been hooked into the Messages app now, so you can quickly share a link in a conversation.

The omnibox is the address bar that fills the top of the screen in Chrome. Google will show your results live as you type in the omnibox in Chrome for iOS, just like the desktop. The search query won’t be displayed redundantly below the omnibox on the actual results page anymore. It’s a small change that will give a few extra pixels for display search results. There’s no reason to show a search query twice.

Google Chrome for iOS is available for free in the App Store.

  • boblevel

    Hmm..Chrome crashing after the update now. Uninstall/reinstall did not help. Jailbroken on iOS 6.1.2 btw..

  • Mark Pelletier

    The following worked for me:

    1. Uninstall Chrome
    2. Reinstall Chrome
    3. Open the App
    4. On bottom of first screen, check the “Send Usage Stats” checkbox
    5. Chrome is happy again :)

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