Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to iPhone and iPad for first time

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Google today updated its Chrome for iOS Web browser with features such as an iOS 8 Notification Center widget and support for app extensions, while Microsoft launched its first Halo game for iOS, called Spartan Strike.

Chrome for iOS

The new Chrome includes a widget that lets users open a new tab from the Notification Center's Today view, or jump into a voice search. If a URL is present in the clipboard, it will appear automatically in the Today view for quick access.

Support for app extensions gives iOS 8 users access to third-party tools, including password managers such as 1Password and LastPass. Extension functions can be accessed through the iOS 8 share sheet, which is opened via Chrome's Share button.

iPhone owners have gained a menu that appears when using the pull-to-refresh gesture. Simply letting go defaults to a refresh, but swiping left opens a new tab, and swiping right closes the current one.

Chrome is a free download for any device running iOS 7.0 or later.

Halo: Spartan Strike

A sequel to the top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault, Spartan Strike puts players in the suit of a Spartan soldier fighting during the events of Halo 2. Settings range from New Mombasa to the Gamma Halo, and players go up against both the Covenant and the Prometheans, a legion of mechanical troops. The game has 30 missions in all.

Combat takes place on foot, in a Warthog jeep, or with the new Kestrel VTOL aircraft. Players can earn achievements, compete in weekly challenges and check their ranking on leaderboards.

The iOS version costs $6 and runs on iOS 8 devices. Other editions are launching simultaneously on Steam, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8.


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