New Chrome for iOS Faster, More Reliable, Google Says
The new Chrome browser's crash rate on iOS is 70 percent lower than its predecessor, according to company.Google released a new version of its Chrome browser for Apple's iOS operating system that it says delivers significantly better performance and reliability than the previous browser version. iPhone and iPad users accustomed to dealing with frequent Chrome crashes on their devices will now experience far fewer such disruptions while using up less of their data plan when browsing the Web, AbdelKarim Mardini, a Google product manager, said in a blog post Jan. 27. Google's new Chrome 48 for iOS is scheduled to become available this week. The company claims the browser's crash rate is some 70 percent lower than its predecessor because of its support for a Web page-rendering component from Apple dubbed WKWebView. The component has dramatically improved Chrome's stability, responsiveness, performance and Web compatibility on the iOS platform, Mardini claimed. "The biggest change is in stability," wrote Stuart Morgan, a Google software engineer in a separate blog post Jan. 27. "With WKWebView's out-of-process rendering, when the Web view crashes or runs out of memory, it won't bring down all of Chrome with it," he said.
Also available on Chrome M48 is a new Data Saver Extension capability, which the company described as technology designed to reduce Web access times and data usage by leveraging Google's own servers to compress Web pages before it is downloaded to a user's device. The company claims that more than 100 million people with the latest version of Chrome for Android are already using the Data Saver extension.