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Chrome for iOS and Android Updated, Brings Data Compression Feature

Chrome for iOS and Android will be receiving an update to Chrome 32 over the next few days.

Impressive data savings graphs.

Impressive data savings graphs.

Perhaps the most important feature for mobile users will be the roll out of the “Reduce data usage” option present in Chrome Beta for several months.

The feature routes traffic through Google’s servers – unless the page is using SSL or you’re in incognito mode – compressing pages before they make their way to your device. Google tout that the feature can reduce your data usage by up to 50%.

As data is routed through Google’s servers when the feature is on, ‘Safe Browsing’ is enabled to detect malicious pages and warn you just like on the desktop.

As for platform-specific updates, iOS users will now be prompted to translate pages via Google Translate in the same way that Android and desktop Chrome users are.

Android users can now add shortcuts to their homescreen directly from the overflow menu as well. If the site has included a ‘mobile-web-app-capable‘ meta tag in its header, the shortcut will then open a fullscreen Chrome instance without tabs or menus that acts like its own Android app separate from the Chrome browser.

On the API front, Chrome 32 also introduces Vibration API support. The Vibration API lets developers make use of hardware feedback for games or other interactive web content.

Updates for Chrome on Android and iOS will be rolling out over the next few days on the Google Play Store and App Store.

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