Chrome for iOS adds a feature tour and omnibox improvements

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If you ever want to see the difference between Apple and Google as companies, look no further than the fact that Google’s latest Chrome update for the simply-named iOS 7.0 is the bafflingly-titled version 34.0.1847.18.

That minor irritation aside, the mobile update does add some nifty new features — including a new “feature tour” that shows off the browser and its new enhancements to first time users.

There’s also an included tweak to Chrome’s omnibox, which means that the omnibox now supports right-to-left languages: something that should prove useful to some international users.

On top of this are the usual security improvements, stability tweaks, and unspecified bug fixes.

Chrome is a solid mobile web browser, particularly if you make regular use of Google’s various web services on your computer. It’s let down by Apple’s closed ecosystem, but this new user-focused update (which follows an update for the desktop Chrome for Mac last month) shows how Google is focused on making the browser a major rival to Safari, even on Apple’s own turf.

Chrome for iOS can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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