Ever since Google Chrome launched on iOS its users have been asking for one simple thing: the ability to make it their default browser.
And Apple has (finally) listened.
Announced at the recent Apple developer conference, iPhone and iPad users who upgrade to iOS 14 later this year will be allowed to make Chrome the default browser on their devices.
Not just Chrome, either. They can make any third-party web browser the default. Google Chrome is the most popular third-party web browser in the Apple ecosystem system so this news will please many.
Google Chrome’s iOS incarnation is a little different to the versions readily available on Android and desktop operating systems in that it uses the same “browser engine” as Safari (i.e. not the Blink engine used elsewhere).
Instead of all web links tapped in apps opening in Safari they will open a new tab in the Google Chrome for iOS app instead.
But it gets even better.
As well as being able to set Chrome as the default browser in iOS 14 users will also be able to make a third-party email app (such as Google’s Gmail) the default mail handler too.
That’s another huge boon for those who like Apple products but prefer non-Apple services and tools.
Admittedly as a (predominately) Android user I find it remarkable that it has taken this long for Apple to loosen its hold on core areas of its system. But belated or not I’m pleased that it’s happening.