Google scores iOS success as Chrome tops app store charts

Apple iOS users were apparently eager to get their hands on a version of Google's Chrome browser. One day after the search giant unveiled the iOS version of Chrome, the app shot to the top of the App Store.

Chrome was the number one free app on Apple's App Store ahead of two games, Flow Free and Escape Bear. An NBC app for the new movie Ted and Chillingo's Madcoaster rounded up the top five.

Chrome for iOS has thus far earned a 4+ rating based on almost 4,000 reviews. Most people raved about the mobile browser ("See ya Safari!") though there were some complaints about crashing, limited options, and more. PCMag mobile analyst Sascha Segan said the app is not actually a Web browser, "because Apple forbids all Web browsers except its own."

Like the desktop version of Chrome, the iOS app will sync across devices once you sign in with your Google ID. Pull up pages that you looked at on your PC or iPhone via the iPad, or vice versa. Credentials are also synced, so no need to re-enter a password on that New York Times story via the iPad if you've already signed in on your PC.

Incognito mode is also available; toggle between public and private mode via a button on the browser bar.

During I/O keynote, Google also unveiled Chrome for Android, running on the new Jelly Bean-enhanced Nexus 7 tablet. Until now, Android-based devices have been running a stock Google browser, but not Chrome. For more, see Hands On With Google's Nexus 7 Tablet.