Chrome 50 for iOS beta on a home screen - Image Credit: Warenotice
On Wednesday Google released the Chrome 50 for iOS beta with Touch to Search, and I have an exclusive first look at this new version of Chrome and it's very cool new feature.
Touch to Search allows you to initiate a Google search in Chrome without leaving the webpage that you’re currently on. To access it in the Chrome for iOS beta, simply tap a word on a website. Then, the selected word appears in a small popup on the bottom of the screen.
After opening this popup by either tapping it or swiping up on it, the Google search results will appear overlaying the webpage you were on. This is especially helpful if there’s a word that you don’t know on the webpage and you want to quickly find its definition, or if you want to further explore the word on the Internet.
This beta version of Chrome for iOS that includes Touch to Search is version number 50.2661.38, so it’s really Chrome 50 since, in terms of Google Chrome, the major version number is only the digits preceding the first decimal point. Currently, the stable version of Chrome for iOS is Chrome 49, or more specifically version 49.0.2623.73.
If you’re interested in getting Chrome betas in the future, head to the Chrome beta website and click on iOS. Then, fill out Google’s form with the information that it wants, and eventually you may get access to iOS Chrome betas.
But, don’t expect to get your hands on Chrome for iOS beta too soon though, since I applied to join the program many months ago and I only now gained access to it. Additionally, since Google uses TestFlight, Apple’s iOS beta testing platform, to distribute the Chrome beta, only 2,000 people can actually access the beta, since that’s TestFlight’s tester limit.
If you would like to see what the Chrome 50 for iOS beta looks like, watch our demonstration video of it below.