Google Chrome for Android, iOS Now Compress Data for Users
Data compression, which will reduce data usage and save money for mobile users, is one of several new features in the latest Chrome browser updates for Android and iOS.Google's Chrome browsers for Android and iOS devices are getting some key new features, including data compression services that can help users reduce their data usage by up to about 50 percent. Also coming soon are Google Translate services for Chrome for iOS users, as well as the ability to create shortcuts to your favorite Websites right from your home screen for faster and easier access to the Web. The new compression and shortcut capabilities were unveiled by Matt Welsh, a Google software engineer, in a Jan. 15 post on the Google Chrome Blog. "More and more, we're using our phones and tablets to discover great web content from all over the world," wrote Welsh. "Today, a few new features in Chrome for Mobile make it easier for you to find and consume this content on the go." Because a growing number of mobile users use their mobile devices for online browsing—including more than a fifth of adult smartphone users in the United States alone—Google has added the compression feature to help users reduce their data usage and potentially cut their the costs of their mobile device bills, wrote Welsh. "When enabled, Chrome's data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50 percent while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS. This feature also enables Chrome's Safe Browsing technology which helps protect you from malicious webpages."
Users can activate the new compression features by going into the settings menu of the Chrome browser on their Android and iOS devices and selecting "Settings," then "Bandwidth management" and then "Reduce data usage," wrote Welsh. "Then simply turn the toggle to 'On.' From this menu, you'll also be able to track how much bandwidth you save each month as you browse on Chrome," he wrote.