Google Chrome for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad has just received a sizeable update, including a new bandwidth saving feature and improvements to voice searching.

The update, available from the Apple App Store, also sees improved ‘interopertability with Google apps’. Put simply when clicking a YouTube video link in Chrome for iOS, or tapping a map address, you’ll be able to open YouTube and Google Maps respectively.

iPad users updating will also notice that full-screen browsing now works. It was added to the iPhone version earlier this year.

Data Savings

Google’s bandwidth saving feature will be the highlight of this release for many. It claims to be able to save up-to 50% (in extreme cases) but for those on a capped data plan any saving is worth it.

Google say that it will be ‘rolling out’ to all users over time, so if you don’t find it available to you when upgrading just be patient.

Bandwidth saving has been available in Chrome for Android for a while, though only recently migrated from beta to the stable channel.

Other Changes

Alongside translation updates there are a number of other changes/improvements in this release. These include:

  • Voice Search enhancements
  • Fullscreen for iPad
  • Access to browser history
  • Stability improvements

The update will be rolling out in the App Store over the next few hours.

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