Chrome for iOS updated with data compression, Google Translate

By , Jan 15, 2014

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Google announced an update for its mobile Chrome browser today, which will bring the app to version 32. The update brings about a handful of new features including data compression, Google’s popular Translate feature and more.

The search giant says that the new data compression feature can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on your device, using Chrome. And with Google Translate for iOS, you can translate full webpages on the go…

From the Google Chrome Blog:

“To start saving data and turn on an even more secure browsing experience, visit “Settings” > “Bandwidth management” > “Reduce data usage.” Then simply turn the toggle to “On.” From this menu, you’ll also be able to track how much bandwidth you save each month as you browse on Chrome.”

Parlez-vous français? Not to worry. We heard your requests and will be introducing Google Translate in Chrome for iOS in the coming days. With this update, you can now translate webpages in Chrome with the click of a button on your iPhone and iPad, just as you’re used to on Chrome for desktop and Android. To translate a page into your phone or tablet’s native language, just look for the translation bar and select “Translate.”

Google says that the update will be rolling out to iOS devices “over the next few days.” We’re not seeing yet, but as usual you can find the latest version of Google’s Chrome browser in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad, for free.

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  • Umut Bilgiç

    I think there should be a drawback that lets the data compression happen. Like, there should have been a trade-off I feel like in the code level.

  • JB Bryant

    I thought they already had data compression as a setting…

    • Marcos

      Not for everybody though, just for some lucky people

    • Sandy Cook

      Yeah, they did

  • abdullah575

    Nice!!

  • Max

    Does compressing data make my internet speed slower?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      No faster (at least as far as I know)

      My understanding is Google acts as a proxy server that fetches all of the websites you are requesting. Before sending them to you Google compresses and optimises the data. I think what they’ve done in the simplest terms is copy Opera…

  • triggerfiend

    Already have this enabled

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    Who Want Google Chrome When safari got so so much better

    • kenzie t

      care to explain how safari is better?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        iCloud KeyChain, Shared Links, iCloud Tabs, Reading list, Reader, should I go on?

      • kenzie t

        well, that is if you use safari in your comp nowadays. google chrome has most of the features as well if you use chrome as your browser. so in the end the question becomes who even uses safari??

    • Fırat Çiftçi

      Chrome + Nitrous beats Safari in every way.

      • Andy

        Nitrous is the first tweak I install on my jailbroken devices. Also, Chrome has a “Request desktop site” option that Safari doesn’t have. I have to admit though, Safari on iOS 7 looks pretty slick.

      • RarestName

        I can see no difference even with Nitrous installed.

      • Lurker22

        Run some web based speed tests, it’s a lot faster with Nitrous enabling the faster javascript engine in all web browsers

      • RarestName

        Web-based tests are useless unless the average user can see some speed differences.

      • Himanshu Oberoi

        Just Speed & Design Do nothing

  • Bobby Conley

    Times like these is when I wish I could get the IPA from someone else and install like I do apk files on android when apps are updated and I’m waiting for it to be rolled out or pushed to my device I guess I can wait lol

  • Sandy Cook

    Chrome already had the data compression option