Latest version of Chrome for Mobile adds data compression

Google today released a new version of its Chrome for Mobile browser. The big news is that this latest version adds a data Chrome for Mobile data compressioncompression feature that should help cut down on the data used.

Available for both Android and iOS versions, Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can help reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web. For people with capped data plans (and that’s most of us), the new feature should allow us to satisfy our desire to browse a few more pages without incurring any overage fees.

The data compression feature is not turned on by default. To turn it on, go to Settings > Bandwidth management > Reduce data usage and flip the toggle to ‘On.’ This menu will also track how much bandwidth you have saved on a monthly basis.

Turning on this feature also enables Chrome’s Safe Browsing technology. It is designed to protect you from malicious websites.

Two additional features introduced are:

  • Google Translate for iOS devices
  • The ability to create shortcuts to your favourite websites right on the homescreen, making it easy to open the saved site later.

Chrome for Mobile - Add shortcut

If the new version of Chrome for Mobile has not hit the Google Play for you yet, be sure to check back later. Google has warned that it may take a few days for the updated version to roll out to everyone.

Sources : Google Chrome Blog // Google Play

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