Google Chrome and Drive Released for iPhone, iPad

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Google and Apple don’t get along as well as they once did, but that hasn’t stopped at least one of these companies from developing apps for the rival’s operating system.

Google Chrome is now available for iOS, bringing this web browser to a new array of devices. At this point, the main advantage of using this app instead of Apple’s Safari is that it keeps items like bookmarks synchronized with the desktop version, so fans of the Windows version of Chrome can pick up their phone or tablet and have immediate access to their favorite sites without much setup.

Google Drive for iOSOn the other hand, the web browser is initially drawing mixed reviews from users. The first iOS version is not as fast as Safari in some situations, for example. This is because Apple places limitations on third-party browsers that it doesn’t on Safari.

Google Drive, Too

Google Drive is also now available for the iPhone and iPad. This ties into Google’s cloud-based file storage system. At this point, it serves only as a way to view files that are stored online, as there is no way to edit them.

Currently, this app less is functional that accessing Drive through the Safari web browser on an iOS device.  Still, editing is likely going to be added at some point, especially in the wake of Google acquisition of Quickoffice.

Google Chrome is available now in the iTunes App Store, and so is Google Drive. Both are free.

Naturally, there are already Android versions of both these applications, as well as desktop versions.

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