Yesterday, we told you about a meeting amongst the web platform team at Google. The scope of that meeting was to make Chrome quicker, use less data, and just be all around better. Chrome Beta has had some interesting features for quite some time, which help meet those goals. Today, Google rolls out a few important features to the stable channel of Chrome, and they make using Chrome on Android much, much better.
Chrome for Android version 32 brings the ability to add shortcuts to your home screen. A feature that’s been in Beta for months is finally making its way to Stable, and it’s easily one of the coolest features. In the drop down menu from the top right of Chrome, you’ll now find an “Add to Homescreen” option. Clicking that will take the page you’re on and create a shortcut on a home screen of your device. It’s a lot like a web app gone native, as it creates an icon from the HTML code of the header, and the title will be the page name.
If that sounds like a lot of data consumption, Google has one more trick up its sleeve. Chrome 32 will also compress data for less MB used, which has a slew of benefits. The data compression tricks used by Google reduce your bandwidth use by up to 50%, according to Mountain View. With the compression tactics, you’ll also get Safe Browsing “which helps protect you from malicious webpages.”
To get going with these two cool features, first make sure you’re updated to the latest version of Chrome. That alone will take care of the awesome “Add to Homescreen” function. After that, go to Settings >Bandwidth management > reduce data usage to get the data compression rolling. We’ve been using these features on Chrome Beta for some time, and both make a world of difference in how you navigate and use the web via mobile devices.