Phenomenon might be too strong, but there is clearly something going on here. iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users want more than Mobile Safari has to offer and they are voting for change regardless of the realities of Apple’s iOS development strictures.
Google shipped Chrome for iOS on Thursday afternoon and by midnight it was already the number one free download on the App Store.
Some folks say its faster than Mobile Safari, while others enthuse about the superior user interface. That said, the feature most everyone agrees is cool is the ability to share open windows and tabs between your i-thing and a PC or Mac also running Chrome — just log into your Google account.
Interestingly enough, this is a feature — iCloud Tabs — that Apple is prepping for rollout with iOS 6 (Fall) and Mountain Lion (July).
Whatever the case, because Apple restricts browser development to its own in-house WebKit SDK, any differences between Mobile Safari and Chrome for iOS are skin deep at best…
Are you loving Google’s browser on your i-thing?