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Google’s updated Chrome browser reduces crashes by up to 70 percent

Google’s updated Chrome browser reduces crashes by up to 70 percent

January 27, 2016

If you’re looking for an alternative to Safari on iOS after this morning’s crashing issues, Google has just unveiled a notable update to its Chrome browser.

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The new version makes use of Apple’s latest rendering engine – WKWebView. The browser used to run UIWebView. That change will lead to some noticeable overall improvements. Here’s more from the Chromium blog:

The biggest change is in stability: with WKWebView’s out-of-process rendering, when the web view crashes or runs out of memory, it won’t bring down all of Chrome with it. As a result, Chrome crashes 70% less with WKWebView. Even when counting the “Aw, Snap!” page shown when the renderer crashes, there’s still a big improvement.

Users should also notice improved speed, responsiveness, and Web compatibility.

Version 48.0.2564.87 also features redesigned icons on the New Tab page to give users easier access to more frequently visited sites. And with Spotlight integration in iOS 9, you can search for Chrome bookmarks without even needing to open up the app.



An update back in December brought 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus.

Back in December, Chrome was updated to add support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. Pressing on the app’s icon will give you three different Quick Actions to select from – Voice Search, New Incognito Tab, and New Tab.

Google also added a number of new Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts, perfect for anyone using an iPad Pro and Apple’s Smart Keyboard case for the tablet.

Google Chrome is designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and all iPad models. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.

For other app news today, see: Chelsea Handler’s Gotta Go! app removes annoying people in your life, Keep private photos safe in the vault with Reporter Camera, and AOL’s Vivv now lets you edit your existing photos with vivid splashes of color.

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