Google has updated its Chrome web browser for iPad on iOS 9 to support each of the new operating system’s new multitasking features on the latest models. Chrome (version 46.0.2490.73 to be specific) now supports Split View for running the browser next to other updated apps, Slide Over for referencing it over any app, and Picture in Picture for minimizing videos playing within Chrome to view from other apps including Split View mode. The release notes also highlight “improved handling” for RTL, or right-to-left, languages.
Chrome’s support for iOS 9 multitasking features is especially beneficial for iPad users as Safari doesn’t allow you to view two browser tabs side-by-side, but running Safari and Chrome alongside each other enables dual browsing on the tablet. Split View is supported on iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and the upcoming iPad Pro due out next month.
Older iPads that don’t support Split View can still benefit from Slide Over, which lets you view a slimmed down version of Chrome over other apps, and Picture in Picture with iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, and iPad mini 2 or later supported.
Chrome previously updated to support iOS 9 in general, but did not yet support iPad multitasking. iPad users can grab today’s enhanced version for free on the App Store.
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Lack of split view Safari tabs seems like an oversight on Apple’s part, especially with iPad Pro coming.