Update: Following its announcement earlier this month, Google has released its updated version of Chrome for iOS.

Google just announced it’s releasing a new version of Chrome for iOS that introduces a new data compression feature alongside translation tools and Safe Browsing malware protection:

In the U.S. alone, more than a fifth of adult smartphone users now do most of their online browsing on their mobile device.1 Around the world, we’re seeing a similar trend towards more mobile browsing. That’s why we’ll be rolling out a new feature on Chrome for Mobile to help you reduce data usage and save money on your mobile plan. When enabled, Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS.

Google noted the update will also enable the Safe Browsing technology it uses in the desktop version of Chrome to protect users from malicious websites. You’ll be able to turn on the new data compression feature and track usage from Settings” > “Bandwidth management” > “Reduce data usage in the updated app.

Also rolling out in the latest version is Google Translate built right into Chrome for iOS for webpage translations:

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.

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3 Responses to “Chrome for iOS updated w/ data compression, Google Translate, & Safe Browsing (Update: It’s live)”

  1. p101616 says:

    As i wrote at re/Code: Google enters our entire life:

    – Google+
    – Windows 8 Trojan via Chrome Update
    – Android in the car
    – Android @Home

    Google delivers everything to simplify our life but you have to pay the price: Your privacy. May be as a European I am more sensitive than you Americans, but I want to be in control of my personal life, my data, my mobile profiels and so on. I cancelled ALL the google services in my life, same with Facebook and Twitter. Call me an old school boy, but with Apple and the Apple Services I have got everything I need to manage my life, my communication and my relations as well. Who the hell needs this crappy Google?


    • Devon M. says:

      Sadly, I am an american and I fully sympathize with you. I stopped using Google and had to come up with all kinds of software means to stop such endless tracking and observing. It is not much different than being behind the wall here now in america. We are kept from outside news, outside science development, and yes Google is the majority of that wall. Products, techniques, and facts are as our fascist corporate kings want them here. Our “security” and watchdogs have spread the nonsense of terror and so fourth to the point we have lost nearly all the “freedoms” this country stood for, and they are intent to make it worldwide. And the sheep go on blind and ignorant of these facts. A world Wide march against Monsanto, and Not ONE major media or newspaper in this entire country covered it. Who is really in charge here? So yes.. Im sorry and you are right. But thats why they did this.. to get a bigger draw to us, and this time.. our government is letting Google as per their sharing deal to utilize hardware and internet magic, to increase their abilities.
      Hopefully soon, someone will develop the same reduction for any user.


    • … yes .. because apple isn’t doing the exact same thing that Google is doing with their entire Apple ecosystem – so you really aren’t avoiding anything by disconnecting from all but Apple.

      I use both google and apple, I don’t care about my said “privacy”. No matter how much you think you have privacy, you don’t, and regardless of how hard you try to make it difficult for someone to hack your privacy, it will be done regardless.

      BTW what makes you think anyone cares about you anyhow? Most cases they don’t, but if you want to think you’re special so that it validates your reason for living then by all means be paranoid, it’ll give you and many other people like you something to be busy with until you all croak of old age and years of being pointlessly paranoid.