After wowing (Jelly Bean) and mystifying (Nexus Q) an audience of tech press and developers at the opening keynote of I/O yesterday, Google surprised some today by releasing Chrome — the browser beloved by 310 million people — for iOS. But what happened directly after the release was something that was even more surprising, and will go down in Google/Apple fanboy lore.
If you havent heard, specs are dead.
Dustin Curtis tweeted this last November (it was used in MG Siegler’s ‘specs are dead’ article), and it’s as relevant as ever today.
Electronics should always be reviewed from the user experience point of view, not the technology point of view… yet no one does that.—
dustin curtis (@dcurtis) November 14, 2011
I’ve used Chrome on the iPhone and iPad, and it loads just as fast as Safari, and in some instances, a little faster. How is this possible? The SunSpider scores for Safari are higher!? Heck if I know, but my doctor said I have 20/20 vision, so I go by what my eyes tell me.
I can sync tabs with the desktop, all of my bookmarks are there (I use Chrome on the desktop), and it has a magical button called “request desktop site,” that Apple somehow hasn’t figured out how to implement yet. If your argument against Chrome for iOS is that it feels slower when you use it, or that you can’t make it your default browser on iOS, then that is a discussion that should be had. But if you are criticizing Chrome for having a low SunSpider score? Get rid of your iPhone and go pick up an HTC One X.
Note: And before you say I’m an Android fanboy, or that I hate Apple, I own and use a Mac, iPhone and iPad every day.
Today is one of those days I’m very glad we turned off commenting.