If you thought Chrome was pretty good for Android, it’s about to get even better. The Google Chrome team just announced via their blog the launch of a few new features and upgrades coming to the highly popular mobile browser. The company will be implementing a new data compression option and the ability to manage allocated bandwidth for the app, reducing your overall data usage by up to 50%. That’s a pretty big deal for those keeping a hawk’s eye on how much monthly data they’re using. In addition, the search giant is adding enhancements such as “Safe Browsing” technology in an attempt to thwart malicious webpages. Once the update rolls out, you’ll be able to go to Settings->Bandwidth management->Reduce data usage and toggle to “On“. This will also allow you to track how much bandwidth you’re saving on a monthly basis.
Further enhancements in Chrome for mobile will include the ability to create shortcuts to the webpages of your choice and place them directly on the home screen for quicker access. It’s as easy as clicking “add to homescreen” from the toolbar menu. Per the Chrome team, the update is “coming soon” to Google’s Play Store so keep a sharp eye out on the site because we’ll be the first to let you know when it hits.