Chrome for iOS is a very popular browser, used by millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners around the world. It is a refreshing alternative to the native mobile Safari browser, which by no means is a slouch. Google has released a new Chrome update for iOS which brings the much needed background audio support. Other changes include the usual slew of bug fixes, performance and stability improvements.
What exactly is background audio support? Basically it allows users to listen to audio playing in the app even if said app has been closed by pressing the Home button. To jog your memory let us remember the native YouTube app that Apple decided not to include in iOS 6. It had background audio support. Users could play any video in the app, close it, launch another app and still keep listening to the audio.
Unfortunately the standalone YouTube app that Google has released for iOS 6 does not have background audio support. Due to this users now have to rely upon Safari to use YouTube web app and then use the background audio feature. The controls for this feature can be accessed by pressing the Home button twice and swiping left.
Since Chrome for iOS now has background audio support, users have the ability to listen to whatever audio is playing the the browser without having to keep it open. This Chrome for iOS update may be the trial run for this background audio feature and hopefully Google will add it to the standalone YouTube app as well. This particular update also comes with a fix for a character encoding bug.
The Chrome for iOS app is available for free from iTunes App Store. It has native support for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app requires iOS 4.3 or higher firmware to install on your particular iOS device.