Chrome for Android update is rolling out, brings data compression and web shortcuts

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 15, 2014


Those of us rocking Chrome Beta are used to receiving new bleeding-edge features on a fairly regular basis. Of course, some folks would rather forgo the timely arrival of new features in favor of a more stable experience, and that’s where the ‘standard’ build of Chrome for Android comes into play.

If you’re currently using Chrome for Android the good news is that, starting today, Google is rolling out some exciting new changes that were previously only available to Beta users. Easily the biggest change is the introduction of Chrome’s new data compression and bandwidth management system.

Google’s bandwidth management technology is designed to reduce the amount of data that folks consume while browsing the web on their mobile devices, and it works using Google’s servers to compress website data. This feature is especially important for those of us with limited data plans. Keep in mind that compression is turned off by default, but can be enabled by going to Settings> Bandwidth Management> Reduce Data Usage.

Aside from the bandwidth management option, Chrome for Android’s stable build is also getting the ability to add any website as a shortcut to the homescreen. Select optimized websites will even appear as a full-screen experience and a separate app in the Android app switcher. This could be ideal for those that regularly browse specific sites that don’t have their own official Android apps.

In their usual fashion, Google will be rolling out the Chrome update in stages, which means it may take a few days to reach all users. Anyone manage to get the Chrome update yet, if so what do you think of the new features?

  • AndroidBoss

    Chrome needs an update where I can actually download things or have a downloads tab. I always use Firefox when I have to do so.

  • DarxideGarrison

    That is cool and everything, but what I would like to see is Chrome for Android support Adobe Flash player just like Chrome for PC. I think a lot of users will agree! We should start a petition!!!

    • MasterMuffin

      Internet petitions are useless

      • LeChuck

        Boycott is more effective. Company will only listen once they start losing sales.

        • MasterMuffin

          But boycotting Google because flash doesn’t work on mobile Chrome? :D

        • Jesus

          or demonstrations. We should form a blockade and have a rally outside Google’s headquarters. That’ll teach them.

    • Guest123

      Over 30,000 signatures for the Galaxy Nexus to get 4.4. . . doubt google will care if you want flash.

      • asdf

        well 30,000 is relatively small. Youll need atleast 10X those signatures in order for Google to even begin to notice

    • Collin dubya

      Meh it’s totally fine without flash. id doesn’t hold back my surfing experience in the least, html5 is much faster anyways.

  • MasterMuffin

    Just use the beta :P The betas go through testing, so all bugs are listed in changelog and they are 99% of the time nothing!

  • Gabriel Mornat

    Have you got an apk version of this update ?

  • luminelx64

    is it as data efficient as opera mini?


    all time Incognito option. anyone?

  • Marius B

    You should also mention that the compression option actually routes all the user’s traffic to a Google server, where the optimization is actually made. This way, Google takes privacy concerns to a whole other level. Not surprised they do not mention this when enabling such option.