Surf the web even when not on the web with new updates for Chrome for Android

Google announced some new additions to the Chrome browser on Android devices that will help users deal with a lack of access to a working Internet connection. The trio of new functions included in the browser give users the ability to keep on surfing the web without being connected to the web mainly by downloading pages for offline viewing. The ability to download a page for offline viewing has been present for a while now, but Google is making it even easier to make this happen and to some extent to make the experience more seamless.

The first new option or feature is a new “Download link” option that will appear in the menu that pops up when a user long presses on a link. This eliminates the need for a user to actually visit a page prior to downloading the content for offline viewing. In case you go on a link downloading spree, perhaps in anticipation of needing some reading material when offline, another feature was added to Chrome on Android to make it easier to find the content you grabbed. Just open a new tab and you will see a list of the articles and sites that were downloaded tagged with a new offline badge. These will be combined with recent downloads.

The final addition will not really help with accessing content when offline, but it will help you remember to go back and check out content you may have missed when offline. If you happen to hit a link and end up greeted with the “You are offline” dinosaur, you will notice a new button labeled “Download Page Later.” As the name implies, whenever Internet service is restored, the Chrome browser will automatically download the content you were trying to access.

If you want to update your install of Chrome on Android or give it a try if you happen to use some other browser on your Android device, hit the link below.

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Source: Google


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.