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Google Chrome for iOS and Android gets a data compression feature

Will save heavy web users money on their phone bills
Wed Jan 15 2014, 17:03

INTERNET GIANT Google has started rolling out a data compression feature to its Chrome for Android and iOS apps.

Google announced on Wednesday that, following in the footsteps of Opera, it will bring a data compression feature to its Chrome mobile apps, which means that the apps won't suck up so much data. According to Google, the feature will see Chrome for Android and iOS reduce data usage by up to 50 percent, saving those prone to going over their data allowance money on their monthly phone bills.

Google Chrome for iOS and Android data compression feature

This feature also enables Chrome's Safe Browsing technology that helps protect users from malicious webpages, Google added.

Matt Welsh, a software engineer at Google said, "In the US 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."

Google has started rolling out the data compression feature Chrome's mobile apps, although it is not showing in Google Play or the iTunes App Store for us just yet. Once the update is installed, however, you'll have to go to Settings > Bandwith management > Reduce data usage, to enable the feature, which will also let you know how much data the app is using each month.

As well as this new feature, Google's Chrome for iOS update also delivers Google Translate to those who use the web browser on their iPhone or iPad.

Welsh added, "With this update, you can now translate webpages in Chrome with the click of a button on your iPhone and iPad, just as you're used to on Chrome for desktop and Android."

The update also delivers application shortcuts to Google Chrome for Android, allowing users to save specific webpages as an app on their smartphone's homescreen. µ


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