Google is coming up with an update to the mobile version of Chrome, which promises to decrease data usage while browsing by as much as 50%.
Google announced the upcoming changes to its browser Wednesday in a blog post, saying, “In the U.S. alone, more than a fifth of adult smartphone users now do most of their online browsing on their mobile device. Around the world, we’re seeing a similar trend towards more mobile browsing. That’s why we’ll be rolling out a new feature on Chrome for Mobile to help you reduce data usage and save money on your mobile plan. When enabled, Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS. This feature also enables Chrome’s Safe Browsing technology which helps protect you from malicious webpages.”
However to reduce data usage, users must enable the data-savings option in Chrome’s “settings” menu. With this setting, users will also be able to track the amount of data they’re saving each month.
This update will be available for both Android and iOS. The iOS update will also bring Google Translate to Apple devices, which translates webpages while browsing. This feature is already available on the desktop and Android versions of Chrome.
Lastly, this upcoming release of Chrome for Android will allow you to create shortcuts to your favorite websites right from your homescreen for faster and easier access to the web. When visiting a site you’d like to save, simply select “Add to homescreen” from the toolbar menu. For certain websites, the shortcut will open in a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the Android app switcher. This update is set to roll out over the next few days.