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Google launches Chrome Beta program for iOS Google launches Chrome Beta program for iOS

Last Friday, Google launched a public Beta program for its Chrome browser for iOS. In case you're interested in joining, all you have to do is to head over to the Chrome Beta webpage, sing up using your email address and name, then confirm your registration (through the mail that you receive) and Google will contact you if you've been accepted. Unfortunately, as far as I could tell, the Mountain View-based company is seriously screening the applicants as mine didn't get a response yet. Another thing that makes me think that the IT giant is going for quality instead of quantity is that Google quietly released this Beta program, without any major announcement on any of its outlets.

If you're interested in the extra functionality that beta testers will get, 9to5mac reports that the biggest thing is the new Chrome icon which offers support for the cutting-edge 3D Touch technology that iPhones 6S and iPhones 6S Plus bring. When you tap the icon powerfully, you will see a quick-action menu which will allow you to directly perform a voice search, open a new regular tab, or launch a new tab in Incognito mode. Just remember not to get too excited about this; like any other beta version of an app, Chrome Beta also has a number of bugs that you will need to work around if you choose this version of the browser.

To be completely honest, Chrome seems to be a bit late to the 3D Touch party. Facebook has already implemented this functionality into its iOS app almost a month ago, while Skype added Force Touch support with its Halloween update.