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Android and iOS users can cut their data consumption in half with Google Chrome

Android and iOS users can cut their data consumption in half with Google Chrome
Google announced on Wednesday that an upcoming update to Chrome for iOS and Chrome for Android will feature a way for you to save on your data usage by as much as 50%. According to a survey from Pew, 20% of U.S. adults do the majority of their surfing on a mobile browser. The only problem with depending on your mobile browser is the consumption of data when you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you're depending on a 3G/4G connection to your mobile operator to hook up to the internet, you could find your monthly data allowance spent before you know it.

But as we said, Google has a way to save your precious data. Once you receive the update, you can use Chrome's data compression and bandwidth management on your iOS or Android device, and cut your data usage in half. At the same time that you're saving precious data, you are also protecting yourself against malicious websites by using Chrome's Safe Browsing.

Once you're sure that your version of  the Chrome Browser has been updated, follow these directions. Start at Settings > Bandwidth Management > Reduce Data Usage. Turn the toggle switch to on and you're saving data! And this menu will also show you how much bandwidth you are saving each month by using Chrome.

Google has also announced that it will be adding Google Translate to Google Chrome for iOS in the next few days. That will make translating foreign websites on your Apple iPhone and Apple iPad a snap. And finally, the upcoming update for the Android version of Chrome will allow you to create shortcuts to your favorite websites right from your homescreen. When you are visiting a site you want a shortcut for, go to the toolbar and select "Add to homescreen".


source: Google via BGR

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posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:08 3

1. ausnote2 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


please support flash and i will gladly use it. My note 3 have more than enough power for flash. Otherwise firefox all the way.
Note firefox there is a text input bug that makes it impossible to type as it get confuse where the cursor should be

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:32 11

5. thecorrescode (Posts: 35; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


People still using flash? SO PRIMITIVE...

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:50 4

6. warren24 (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


well despite it being 'so primitive' its still on many sites. Although the number is decreasing, Flash is still useful.
As for me, I use Chrome and Dolphin to solve this issue.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 20:20

24. ausnote2 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


I use to used dolphin all the time until it start crashing out alot usually on sight with video, do you experience this as well? I am always on the lookout for an update but have been using firefox almost 100% of the time, sometime though Maxthon is pretty good

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 20:40 1

25. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


I use Dolohin, nearly exclusively, no problems.
Sometimes I experiment with other browsers. Such as Next Browser right now.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:56 3

8. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


It sucks but it's still all over the place on the internet, it's stupid to ignore it.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 23:43

32. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Maybe if you ignore it, it will go away...

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:33 1

42. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


Yeah, that hasn't played out well for Apple either. Too early perhaps? Now its ok to ignore Flash?

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 23:58

33. xfire99 (Posts: 873; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Primitive people dont understand benefits with flash and use primitive device them self.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:53 2

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Chrome > Firefox

I only use Firefox when I know I'll need flash.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 19:06 1

15. ausnote2 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


that is the problem since you don't when you are gonna hit a sight with flash then you gotta revert to firefox which take away your web experience.

Correct me if i am wrong but why is the chrome desktop support flash whereas android chrome don't? it is definitely not the hardware since i was using flash back when i had the dell streak 5

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 19:29

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Flash has not been supported on Android since 4.1. The app can still be sideloaded and used with third party browsers, but yeah.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 21:00

27. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I wonder if it's because of the same reason as Apple's: Flash is a memory and power hog and everything it does can now be accomplished with CSS or HTML5.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:12

2. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


hmm how about opera and UC Browser.. They make small amount of data

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 20:42 3

26. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


I have unlimited data on T-Mobile, I can give a crap about
how much a perticular browser uses. Data is data.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 01:58 1

37. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


for 20 bucks a month you already have an unlimited data here in Philippines

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:14

47. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


yea... unlimited 3G data

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:16

3. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


On another note, it seems that the data goes through Google's proxy servers that compress the pages (text and images) before sending to the client.. However, it wouldn't have to, since compressed traffic is supported in HTTP, but very few servers enable it.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:18 6

4. alextheZowner (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)


My Z10 doesn't use that much data and it supports flash like it's meant to be.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 19:03 1

14. winter_hat (Posts: 110; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


best phone

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 18:13 1

9. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


okay just use lumia, easy and faster

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 18:54 6

13. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2228; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Of all the things I like about WP, IE is not one of them. As a matter of fact, that piece of trash being the only big name on WP is one of the reasons I never stick with WP. Firefox/Safari/Chrome/Opera > Mobile IE.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 19:31 4

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Chrome/Safari > Firefox > Opera > IE

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 19:48 1

21. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


do you ever use IE in WP?? And try to compare with Chrome in Android??

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 02:08

39. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


I have used it and it is not horrible, but compared to any of the top ten Android browsers, it is desperately flawed and inferior

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 02:06

38. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Correction..

Dolphin/Boat/UC /Next /Puffin/One/Firefox/Chrome/Opera >>> Mobile IE

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 23:11

31. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


IE works greatâť•.. Always fast, and renders perfectly..

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 00:00

34. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


setuju deh sama kamu,,

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 00:18

36. andynaija (Posts: 919; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Yes it does, especially for YOU! :0

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 18:13 2

10. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Imagine this combined with Onavo Extend/Opera Max. The ultimate data saver

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