Chrome feature cuts mobile data used by up to half, Google says

The new versions of Chrome for Mobile will be available in the next few days
  • (IDG News Service)
  • 15 January, 2014 16:05

Google is adding a feature to its Chrome mobile browser that can reduce data usage by up to 50 percent, which could avoid extra data charges from carriers.

The feature, which manages bandwidth and compresses data, will be in Chrome for Android and iOS, wrote Matt Welsh, a Google software engineer, on a company blog.

Chrome will have a setting called "bandwidth management" with a selection "reduce data usage" which can be toggled on. The interface will also show how much bandwidth has been saved, Welsh wrote.

More than a fifth of adult smartphone users do most of their browsing on a smartphone, he wrote.

Google is introducing a couple of other features to Chrome. Google Translate will be integrated into Chrome for iOS, which will let iPhone and iPad users translate Web pages with a button.

The Android version of Chrome will now let users create shortcuts to websites from the homescreen, Welsh wrote. The selection to add a shortcut will be in 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," he wrote.

The updated Chrome versions will be rolled out in Google's Play store and Apple's store in the next few days.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Join the Computerworld Australia group on Linkedin. The group is open to IT Directors, IT Managers, Infrastructure Managers, Network Managers, Security Managers, Communications Managers.

More about: Apple, Google
Comments are now closed.
Related Coverage
Related Whitepapers
Latest Stories
Community Comments
Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, applications, Chrome OS, telecommunication, ios, Mobile OSes, internet, mobile, mobile applications
Whitepapers
All whitepapers

Heartbleed: GE Capital says no customer data compromised

READ THIS ARTICLE
DO NOT SHOW THIS BOX AGAIN [ x ]
Sign up now to get free exclusive access to reports, research and invitation only events.

Computerworld newsletter

Join the most dedicated community for IT managers, leaders and professionals in Australia