Google Chrome for mobile devices is due for an upgrade, especially since Chrome Browser for PC, Mac and Linux just got an update. Google just announced that they will be doing just that over the next few days. As the roll out of a new mobile Chrome browser begins to spread, lets take a look at what's inside.
We know that many of our readers most likely aren't using an iPhone, but just in case you are because you're in between Android devices, this apply's to you as well. Maybe your boss made those things the official work phones for employees, either way there is an update to Chrome that will see a change to iOS version as well. Google has shared the ability with iOS now, to translate pages easily. Those of us who use Chrome browser on Android already know this feature. If you, for some reason, end up going to a webpage in a foreign language, Google recognizes that you may need the page translated. A bar will pop up at the bottom of the web page, much like the "allow/deny" bar that pops up at the bottom of a page for location settings. The next new feature is for both Android and iOS, and the purpose is to save you money on data.
According to the announcement of the update on the Chrome blog, over a fifth of adults use their mobile device to browse the web in the US. In an effort to help those people save money on their data plans, Chrome will have a data compression and bandwidth management tool. Google claims that if you enable this service, it can "reduce data usage by up to 50%. After you have turned on the data compression by going to "Settings">"Bandwidth management">"Reduce Data Usage" you will see significant changes, and they show charts to prove it. According to the picture below for example, you use 185MB of data in one day, after data compression you actually will only have used 100MB of data. That makes the savings land in the 46% range, don't believe it? check the charts provided and compare them to your bill. This feature also comes with "Safe Browsing" which protects against malicious pages while browsing. There is only one more feature being added for Android users only, and meant to save you time, because saving money is great, but time is more valuable.
We all have pages that we visit more often than others, and creating bookmarks is usually the easiest way to access those websites. However, if you have ever attempted to add that bookmark to your home screen, you know that you have to add the page to your bookmarks. Then once you are back at your home screen, you have to add the bookmark shortcut, and select what bookmark you want represented. Well, not anymore. Google has added a quick and easy way to add a website to your home screen. All you need to do is go into the toolbar at the top of the browser, and select the option to "add to home screen". Done, you have just added that bookmark to your home screen. Once the update is rolled out, don't forget to test out this feature with what we know to be one of your favorite sites, Android headlines.
There was no word on the build number on the blog, but a promise that the update will be rolling out soon. We will be sure to keep an eye out for the update, and let us know if there are any features you wish to see come to Google Chrome.