Now that "unlimited data" is a relic of history for most U.S. carriers, users have to think about every move they make as it pertains to mobile data usage. Plus, it's becoming easier and easier to blast through that basic data tier, with apps such as Pinterest and Instagram requiring plenty of bytes to load all of those images. Google
has been aware of the issue for some time, introducing a data meter system within the Android OS a few years ago. But now, they're bringing some of those smarts to the browser.
Starting this week, the Chrome browser
is being updated for iOS and Android in order to squeeze more out of your data plan. Google itself admits that more and more people are shifting browsing habits to mobile. When enabled, Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% 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.
To start saving data and turn on an even more secure browsing experience, visit “Settings” > “Bandwidth management” > “Reduce data usage.” 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.
Beyond just that, Google Translate is also being added to Chrome for iOS. With this update, you can now translate webpages in Chrome with the click of a button on your iPhone and iPad, just as you’re used to on Chrome for desktop and Android. To translate a page into your phone or tablet’s native language, just look for the translation bar and select “Translate.”
Over on the Android side, the newest update will enable users to create shortcuts to your favorite websites right from your homescreen for faster and easier access to the web. When visiting a site you’d like to save, simply select “Add to homescreen” from the toolbar menu.
As always, Chrome updates are free, and those who routinely exceed their data cap may just want to consider switching browsers.