iChromy, a Chrome clone for the iPad, hit the App Store earlier today. While the new browser does not use any of the code available over at the Chromium project, the end result surely looks like Chrome anyway – even the app icon is inspired by Google’s browser.
Just like Chrome, the browser is focused on tab browsing, and blurs the line between searching and browsing the web, as the address bar doubles as a Google search box. The app still has a ‘beta’ feel to it, as it does not allow you to perform basic tasks such as re-organizing tabs, but still, the browser is worth a try, especially given that iChromy is free.
iChromy offers the following features:
- Tabs on top, to open, switch and close tabs
- Omnibox, to type search keywords or URL in one box
- Extra space for the web content, as the address bar will be hidden automatically when you scroll down the page, so you get the the extra space for web content (to show the address bar, just tap the tab again)
- Offline reading, via a one-click option to save a page to a reading list, to view them offline
- Sharing, via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Diigo and Instapaper, to name a few
- Context search, to search directly from the context menu
- Last but not list, the ability to open link in new tabs (simply tap on a ling and hold for a while)
iChromy weighs less than 3 MB, and can be downloaded here.