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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47 Comments

1. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 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

5. thecorrescode

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

People still using flash? SO PRIMITIVE...

6. warren24

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 02, 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.

24. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 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

25. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

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

8. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

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

32. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

42. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

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

33. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

15. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 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

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

27. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

2. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

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

26. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

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

37. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

47. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yea... unlimited 3G data

3. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

4. alextheZowner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 01, 2014

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

14. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

best phone

9. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

okay just use lumia, easy and faster

13. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Chrome/Safari > Firefox > Opera > IE

21. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

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

39. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

38. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

34. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

setuju deh sama kamu,,

36. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Yes it does, especially for YOU! :0

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

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