Google Chrome And Drive Released For iOS

Google has strengthened its iOS offering by releasing Google Chrome and Google Drive apps for iPhone and iPad.

Both applications are available in the App Store immediately, and bring the web browser and cloud storage service to Apple’s mobile platform for the first time.

To the cloud

Google says that its aim is to allow users to live in the cloud seamlessly and hopes that Chrome will offer a consistent browsing experience across computers, tablets and smartphones as bookmarks and tabs can be shared through multiple devices.

The search giant says that the number of Chrome users has doubled since last year’s I/O conference and it was the world’s most popular browser over a one week period earlier this year.

The Android version of Chrome exited beta earlier this week and is the standard browser for the Google Nexus 7, the Asus-manufactured tablet that Google hopes will increase the market share of tablets running its mobile operating system.

According to Google, Chrome is only one component of its strategy to let its users live online, adding that its portfolio of web services are equally important. In addition to affording web users the ability to edit documents offline, Google had released an app for its cloud storage service Google Drive.

Google Drive was finally revealed in April and offers users 5GB of free storage, along with close integration with Google Docs. Initially only available on PC, Mac and Android, Google has delivered on its promise to release an iOS app.

Users can open PDFs, photos, videos, documents and a number of other file types, which can all be searched and made offline.

“With Drive available across Mac, Windows, Chrome OS, Android and iOS, it’s even easier to get things done in the cloud from anywhere,” said Google.

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Steve McCaskill

Steve McCaskill is editor of TechWeekEurope and ChannelBiz. He joined as a reporter in 2011 and covers all areas of IT, with a particular interest in telecommunications, mobile and networking, along with sports technology.

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