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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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  • sonicyoof

    Making sure to leave the compression turned off as an FU to Verizon.

    • kristo

      And when connecting through vpn and such.

      • ForSquirel

        Yeah, i found this out the hard way. Trying to connect to my OpenVPN server at home and checking my IP it always showed up as a google IP. This troubled me. I’d rather leave it off and go through my devices than turn it on to save a few bytes here and there.

        • kristo

          I use Chrome beta with data-compress on and when I need vpn I just use standard Chrome with data-compress off.

    • I’m pretty sure Verizon will still get the same traffic since the Google servers get the whole thing but compress the files before sending them to you, so don’t bother.

    • Don’t mind my last comment, wasn’t sure what Verizon is.

  • kristo

    No compression yet on standard Chrome on Android [32.0.1700.99 on Nexus 5].