Chrome v42 for Android brings new website monitoring feature

Chrome v42 for Android brings new website monitoring feature
Google has announced the launch of a new Chrome version for Android devices. The mobile browser is now being updated to version 42.0.2311.107, and while the improvements will not drastically change the way you browse websites on your mobile device, they do include a couple of new features, as well as the usual range of bug fixes and performance improvements.

With the latest version of Chrome for Android, Google introduced the ability to monitor websites for changes in content. Set up the monitoring feature on your favorite website, and Chrome will fire up a notification when the content is changed. Unfortunately, this new feature will not work out of the box, as web developers need to implement the new Google Push API for Chrome. Possible use case scenarios include the ability to be notified when your order status changes. To prevent abuse, the user will have to explicitly set up permissions for these notifications, and the notifications messages themselves include a site setting button.

The other new feature allows is basically a quick way to websites to the home screen, a trick that the Android browser does by monitoring your browsing habits. Once Chrome 42 for Android detects that you regularly visit a website, it will ask for permission to add the website to the home screen. The ability to add a website to the home-screen manually was introduced back in October 2013 with Chrome for Android version 31.

Chrome 42 for Android is now spreading across Google Play servers, but it may take a few days before the update to reaches your mobile device.

source: Google



1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

For some reason, I always feel safer (as far as tracking and hacking) go using iOS. Disclaimer: Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S® 5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Its all well known Google is tracking us or actualy tracking accounts we use. Thats why its better imho.Try googling 20 phrases on google with your acc logged in and then do the same on Bing or Yahoo. I google some stuff related to my university or workplace and bang its 1st in results while Bing and Yahoo give me porn in 3 or 4th result.Its kinda scary, but needed.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

And its well known that the NSA are tracking So basically don't use the internet if you don't want to be track

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I think you're mistaking general generic info vs personal and identifying info. Nothing wrong with seeing someone looks up headphones then serving them link to sales on headphones.

3. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

This is quite good to keep up with news and things from websites we visit throughout the days.

5. Nobodeyx

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I actually work as an Editor/talent wrangler for a website in my off hours with a normal day job. That makes this feature awesome for me because I can be alerted quickly when a post is made and I can double check it while at work before too many other people see it. =)

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