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Google Chrome browser comes to iPhone, iPads

Reuters, SAN FRANCISCO

Google Inc’s Nexus Q, its first social media streaming player, is displayed during the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday.

Photo: Bloomberg

Google Inc’s Chrome, the world’s top Internet browser, is now available on the iPhone and iPad, as Apple Inc finally granted access to its archfoe’s more popular Web-surfing app.

At Google’s annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday, company executives announced the development as well as a limited launch of a cloud-computing and hosting service to take on Amazon.com’s thriving Web services arm.

Both moves underscore how Google is moving quickly to safeguard its dominant Internet presence.

Launched in 2008, Google’s browser overtook Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer last month as the world’s most popular, according to analytics company StatCounter.

“No matter which device you’re using, we are working really hard across all important software platforms,” Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai said.

“We want to make sure it’s about the user,” he added.

Chrome has 310 million “active” users, Pichai said.

Google’s browser, along with Google Drive, the cloud storage service, was to begin appearing in Apple’s App Store for download later on Thursday, Google said. Apple, which closely manages its App Store offerings, is making the concessions to its heated competitor even though it is seeking to lessen its dependency on Google’s Web services within its products.

Earlier this month, the phone and tablet manufacturer said it would load its own home-built mapping service, instead of Google Maps, in the next version of its mobile operating system.

Google also unveiled a cloud infrastructure service that will compete with Amazon’s Web Service. Called Google Compute Engine, the new service will provide hosting for Web companies on Google’s data centers.

Google did not announce the pricing on Compute Engine. However, in what appeared to be an oblique reference to Amazon, Google executives promised “up to 50 percent more computing power for your dollar than competing cloud services.”

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