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Google boosts speed and sharing on Chrome apps

Google has pumped up its Chrome apps, launching a faster, more responsive Android option and improved search and sharing on iOS.

Both apps also got security improvements and bug fixes.

The iPhone and iPad version of Chrome now has better sharing features, with the ability to share any Web page via Messages, in addition to Google+, Mail, Facebook, and Twitter. The update will also let you quickly view your tab history by pressing and holding the back button.

Additionally, the app has been cleaned up to allow users to search using the omnibox (where the URL normally appears), instead of a separate box. The move "will help you refine search queries and view more content on the results page," Google said in a blog post. The feature will roll out over the next few weeks, so everyone may not see it right after upgrading.

Meanwhile, the Android-based browser got a shot of speed. "Based on the latest version of the V8 Javascript engine, now optimized for mobile, we have improved the Octane performance benchmark by 25 per cent on average since our previous update," Google said. "This means that interactions within web pages in the browser are snappier."

Google also tipped expanded support for HTML5 features such as CSS Filters, "which should result in better mobile websites in the future."

Both updates are currently available for free in the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play store.

Chrome was release for iOS in June. Google promised a "silky smooth experience" with swipe-able and swappable tabs, as well as the ability to sync across multiple devices, eliminating the need to re-enter passwords when moving between a PC, phone, or tablet.

An early Android version launched in beta form in February 2012, opening to everyone running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or later in late June.