Chrome 40 for iOS arrives with Material Design, Handoff support to your default browser on OS X (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Google today released Chrome 40 for iOS. You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store . The first change you’ll notice in version 40.0.2214.61 is the implementation of Google’s Material Design mantra. As we noted when Google revamped its main iOS app last month, it doesn’t look quite as good as on Android, but the new look and feel does carry to Apple’s mobile platform over surprisingly well. In this case, Google describes the new Chrome design as featuring “bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces.” We’ve included screenshots of the new app on both iPhone and iPad in this post, but you’ll need to actually use the browser to get a feel for it. Next up, Chrome for iOS now supports handoff, which allows users to start a task on one device and swap to another one nearby. OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are required, and in this case Google is supporting going from Chrome on your iPhone or iPad to your default browser on your Mac. It’s not clear if there are any other limitations beyond that. Finally, in addition to the usual “stability improvements and bug fixes” that is listed for every changelog, Google notes this update includes iOS 8 optimizations and support for bigger phones. iOS 8 support arrived in September and support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays was implemented in October, so there’s nothing technically new here. Google has just improved both implementations, so you may see some minor tweaks here and there, but don’t expect anything major. More to follow Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major glob…

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Chrome 40 for iOS arrives with Material Design, Handoff support to your default browser on OS X (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

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