Google Delivers Tools for Integrating Chrome with iOS Apps

by Ostatic Staff - May. 08, 2013

With its sights set on the many users of Apple's iOS platform and apps for it, Google has unveiled a set of tools that will allow iOS developers to send users directly to its Chrome web browser on iOS from within applications. Until now, when iOS app developers have wanted to deliver access to web content for users, they had two options: create an in-app web browser frame, or send users away from their apps to a browser. But now, with Chrome’s OpenInChromeController class with x-callback, users can open a web page in Chrome and then return to a developer's app with just one tap. Here is more.

According to the Chromium Blog, developers can easily leverage the new functionality:

"After you've downloaded the OpenInChromeController class and added it to your project, you’ll be able to check if Chrome is installed, and if so, send links to Chrome with or without x-callback enabled. Additionally, you can specify whether or not to open a new tab when sending a link to Chrome. For a deeper dive and to download the code, check out our developer docs."

Of course, Apple bundles its Safari browser with iOS, but Chrome is making inroads with many iOS users, so there will be some developers who want to take advantage of Google's latest tool. 

You can read much more about easy integration between Chrome and iOS here