After rolling out the ability to download webpages for offline viewing last year, Google today announced that its improving its offline webpage feature in Chrome for Android.
First up, Google is adding the ability to long-press on a link and download it. This feature is also available when you long-press a suggested article on Chrome for Android’s new tab page.
Another new feature will let you save webpages for downloading later if you’re already offline. If you run into Chrome’s offline dinosaur, you can tab the button that says “DOWNLOAD PAGE LATER” and have Chrome automatically download the webpage when your device regains an internet connection.
Finally, when you open a new tab in Chrome for Android, you’ll see a new offline badge on articles that you’ve saved. There’s a list of recent downloads on the page, too.
These are solid additions to Chrome for Android. The ability to download webpages for offline reading can come in handy when you find yourself without an internet connection but still wanting some entertainment, like if you’re on the subway or on a plane without Wi-Fi. And now Chrome for Android can help you better prepare for those very situations.