Google Updates Chrome for iOS
Google today announced that a new version of its Chrome browser is available to the Apple iPhone and iPad. The updated browser makes improvements to the Omnibox, which now shows recent searches in plain text instead of the search result URL. It is now easier to view the browsing history by pressing and holding the back button. Chrome users may also more easily send web pages via native iOS messaging apps thanks to new sharing features in Chrome. The update is available from the iTunes App Store. Google released a new version of Chrome for Android devices last week. That update focused on speed improvements.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Chrome for iOS Updated with Material Design
Google today delivered a new version of Chrome to iOS devices. The latest rendition of Google's browser for iPhones and iPads carries over Material Design from the Android version and builds in better support for iOS8 and the larger screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.