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Google Updates Chrome Mobile Apps With Data Compression

by Jacob Kleinman | January 15, 2014January 15, 2014 1:00 pm PST

After pushing out a major update for its Chrome desktop browser yesterday, Google is updating Chrome for iOS and Android with a few helpful new features. Both apps will get new data-saving and safety settings, while the iOS version will finally get a built-in translation tool and the Android version will get a new bookmarking shortcut.

Google’s new data compression settings should help reduce the amount of data you use surfing the Internet by up to 50 percent. To activate the new data-saving features just head to Settings > Bandwidth management > Reduce data usage and switch the toggle to the “On” position. The same update also includes new Safe Browsing settings to keep you from visiting dangerous websites that could harm your device.

Meanwhile, iOS devices will finally gain access to Chrome’s translate feature, which was added to the browser’s Android app back in July 2013. And finally, if you’re using Chrome on an Android device, Google will make it easier to save specific websites to your homescreen. Just visit the site in Chrome, tap on the menu button in the top-right of the screen and select “Add to homescreen.”

Google says the latest mobile Chrome updates will arrive on Android and iOS in the next few days. You can download the app for free through Google Play or the App Store now if you haven’t already.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...