Chrome for iOS adds iOS 9’s Split View multitasking

23 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chrome 46 for iOS arrives with multitasking support for iPad and Autofill for shopping on the go.

More than a week after releasing Chrome 46 for desktop, Google has updated Chrome for iOS with two new features: iOS 9 multitasking on iPad and Autofill.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has revamped its Chrome web browser for iPad on iOS 9 to deliver a range of multitasking features that can be found in devices like the iPad Air 2, Mini 4 and plus sized iPad Pro.Thanks to a recent update, the iPad version of Google Chrome now allows users to take advantage of iOS 9’s Split View as well as the operating systems recently added Picture-in-Picture mode. “Often on the web, we’re doing a ton of things at once – reading up on an exotic travel location, catching up on social media or booking a hotel”, Google Product Manager AbdelKarim Mardini wrote in a blog post. The latest version of Chrome (46.0.34970.73) now allows Split View and side-by-side viewing, which helps run the browser alongside other applications to improve productivity and multitasking. Multi-tasking was initially only available with Apple’s built-in apps like Safari, but Cupertino has since released an API so that other developers can add support for it, too.

There’s also support for picture-in-picture video, which lets you open a video in a small window that stays on top of the screen when you’re using other apps. Chrome 46 also covers Slide Over for referencing the browser over any app, and Picture in Picture for minimizing videos playing within Chrome to view them from different locations. The 12.9-inch display on Apple’s soon to be released super iPad offers a more ideal space for viewing two apps at once compared to its smaller counterparts.

This will, of course, work for anything, but Google specifically thinks it will “make it easier to make purchases on the go.” Because “we’re shopping more often than ever on our phones and tablets,” the company argues that having to re-enter credit card information every time you buy something is the main pain point that Autofill will solve. The changelog also mentions “Improved handling of RTL languages.” RTL stands for right-to-left, which is a reference to the direction that some languages are read. The impact on you at home: Anyone who depends on Chrome for their daily browsing habits on the iPad will now have a lot more functionality at their fingertips. With the iPad’s ever-increasing capabilities and its popularity as a laptop alternative for everyday tasks, multitasking features like these are sure to increase the usefulness of Apple’s tablets. Users of older iPads will be left out of the Split View feature, but Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture are available for at least limited amounts of multitasking.

This means users can watch a video while browsing the web or running other apps, jotting down pointers on the Notes app while doing research on another split tab or just getting more done with less. The investor note comes after the airline reported solid results in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 (3QFY15) along with a positive Revenues Per Available Seat Mile (RASM) outlook. The company has rapidly worked on its $1.5 billion share repurchase plan, with $700 million shares remaining on the program, which it expects to complete quickly.

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