Earlier this week, on May 8th, Google announced that its Chrome for Android application would be updated and upgraded. Through these latest changes, users should find it even easier to view and read offline content.
In the blog post announcing this development, Google pointed out that this reading web pages offline is not necessarily new. The internet giant company first introduced this feature in December 2016. Since then, users could start saving whole pages for reading when completely offline when on the Chrome for Android app.
According to Google, over 45 million web page are saved each week for this very same purpose. Now, this process should be even easier. Users can just long press on a link and then click the “Download link” option. This new feature will also work with article suggestions that appear when opening a new tab page.
Following this latest update, Chrome’s offline dinosaur logo will also come with a friend. If the graphic Dino does appear, it will bring along a “Download Page Later” button. As such, users can rest assured that they lost neither their work or article of interest.
Google stated that “If you tap it [the Download Page Later button], Chrome will automatically download the page for you when you get back online.”
Offline Content Will Now Be Just a Badge and a Click Away
The Chrome developer also simplified the user’s access to saved offline content. From now on, this will appear as you open a new tab. All the downloaded pages will be on display and will be marked by a ‘new offline badge’.
The access to offline content is not the only one to get simplified. Users should now find it easier to reach their recent downloads as these will be displayed as a list on new tab pages.
Google presented this latest set of features as an easy “ready-to-go list of pages or articles” that can be accessed even as the device is out of data or enters a dead network zone. Still, it does point out that users will first have to update to this latest Chrome version before being able to start using this easy download.
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