Chrome on iOS gets Today widget and app extension support


Google’s ever-popular Chrome browser is getting some cool new features today, that use some of the new abilities of iOS 8, which was released late last year for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Chrome for iOS updated with new features

Users can now access Voice Search and open tabs right from the iPhone’s Today view (which is activated with a swipe down from the top of the screen), helping them to get started with search more quickly. It also shows you any copied links so that you can open them more quickly in Chrome.

Here’s a part of the Today View for iOS and what the Chrome extension looks like:

Chrome iOS

There is also a featured that, let’s say, is borrowed from Safari (Apple’s native browser built into the operating system) – pulling down to refresh pages, and the ability to swipe left or right to open or close tabs. That might not sound like such a big deal, but when you’ve got dozens of tabs open and want to open new ones quickly, it’s a very convenient feature indeed.

The most important new addition to Chrome for iOS however, could be its new support for iOS extensions. These are the little app icons that appear whenever you try to share something, and let you perform all manner of tasks and activities by sending data from one app to another.

This means Chrome can now directly integrated into password managers like 1Password as shown in the screenshot below. The update to Chrome is now available on the App Store.

Chrome Share Sheets

In this case you can share an item to other apps, for example 1Password as highlighted.



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