Chrome for iOS snatches top spot on App Store
Within hours of its release, browser leads the list of free downloads for iPhone, iPad
Computerworld - Google Chrome, released yesterday for the iPhone and iPad, has already snatched the top spot in Apple's App Store.
As of 11 a.m. ET Friday, Chrome held the No. 1 position on both the iPhone and iPad free app download lists.
Google launched Chrome for iOS on Thursday, first announcing the browser at its Google I/O developers conference early in the day, with the app showing up several hours later on Apple's App Store.
Reviews for Chrome have been overwhelmingly positive, with 80% of the more than 3,700 posted so far giving the browser a five-star rating, the highest possible. The average rating is four-and-a-half stars.
In effect, Chrome for iOS is a "skin" -- of Google's user interface (UI) and additional features -- covering Safari.
Some of the App Store reviewers noticed.
Chrome for iOS, like all browsers in the App Store, lacks support for Adobe's Flash Player. Apple has been adamant about keeping Flash out of its e-mart, and off its mobile devices.
But browsers on other mobile platforms, notably Google's own Android, are also going sans Flash: Chrome for Android, which Google launched in beta in February and shifted into its "stable" channel earlier this week, also lacks Flash.
Yesterday, Adobe confirmed that it will not create a certified edition of Flash for Android 4.1, aka "Jelly Bean," reiterating promises it made late in 2011 that it would abandon development of Flash for mobile browsers.
Thursday, Adobe also announced that it will block new installations of Flash for Android as of Aug. 15, allowing only those users which already have Flash to receive updates.
Chrome can be downloaded free-of-charge from the App Store in versions for the iPhone and iPad.
Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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