Google adds Facebook, Twitter sharing to Chrome browser for iOS
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) updated its Chrome browser for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, enabling iPhone and iPad users to share webpages from social networks Facebook, Twitter and Google+ in addition to email.
The Chrome update introduces a new Share function that replaces the Email item in the browser's drop-down menu. Touching the menu item generates a Share Page popup enabling single-click sharing to users' social networking profiles. By comparison, Apple's own Safari browser currently allows users to tweet pages to their Twitter profile, but Facebook sharing is on hold until the launch of iOS 6 this fall. (Safari sharing to Google+ seems doubtful, at best, given the animosity between the two companies.)
Google first extended Chrome to iOS this past June. Users can sign in to sync their mobile Web experience with Chrome tabs and bookmarks on the desktop, flip through multiple tabs much the same way they would fan a deck of cards, and search and navigate from the same box.
Last week, Google introduced an updated Google+ app for iOS introducing a workaround that circumvents Apple's ban on default browsers other than Safari. Google+ users may now choose to open external Web links in Chrome by clicking a popup dialog within the app--the workaround leverages URL schemes, an official Apple tool that supports external communications with iOS apps.
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