Google Chrome update for Android and iOS brings data compression and more

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: January 15, 2014

Google Chrome Android iOS data compression

Use Google Chrome as your main browser on Android or iOS? If so, you'll want to keep an eye out for a Chrome update that'll be rolling out in the coming days, because it'll contain a new feature that will stretch your data bucket farther.

Google announced today that it's rolling out a new data compression feature in Chrome for Android and iOS that can reduce data usage by as much as 50 percent. The feature has been available to select users for some time now, but today Google will begin pushing it out to everyone. Chrome's data-saving feature also brings with it safe browsing tech to protect users from malicious websites. To begin saving some megabytes while meandering around the web, Chrome users simply need to head into Settings > Bandwidth management > Reduce data usage. 

In addition to this data compression feature, Google is baking a couple of platform-specific updates into this latest Chrome release. The Android crowd will gain the ability to add shortcuts to their favorite websites right to their device's homescreen by clicking on the toolbar menu and hitting "Add to homescreen." Meanwhile, iOS users will be able to translate web pages that are in a foreign language.

Many wireless subscribers are now signed up for tiered data buckets, meaning that they've got to be more aware of their data consumption than consumers with unlimited data plans did a few years ago. This new Chrome data compression tool ought to help users make their data allotments last longer and potentially save some cash, which is something that I'm sure we can all get behind. If you're interested in cutting down on the amount of data you consume while browsing on your phone, hit up the links below to download the Android and iOS flavors of Chrome.

Via Google Chrome Blog, Google Play Store: Chrome Browser, Apple App Store: Chrome