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Offline content material will get a lift within the new model of Chrome for Android


Google rolled out a “Downloads” function in its cell net browser Chrome for Android in December that lets you save net pages, music and movies for offline access. As we speak, the corporate is introducing a series of improvements to make it simpler to save lots of content material for offline entry, in addition to rapidly discover the pages you had already saved.

To obtain an internet web page beforehand, you’ll open Chrome’s menu within the top-right of the browser, then faucet the “save” icon that’s positioned subsequent to the star for bookmarking the location. You can then see all of the content material you had saved for offline entry by tapping on “Downloads” from this similar menu.

Now, Google is including extra methods to save lots of content material, together with a technique to lengthy press on a hyperlink the way in which you do once you need to open up a web page in a brand new tab. The choice to “Obtain Hyperlink” will seem on the pop-up display screen you see after your press, beneath the choices to open the web page in a brand new tab or incognito tab. Google says this lengthy press motion can even work on its article options on its New Tab web page.

This New Tab web page can even embody the articles you’ve already downloaded, which shall be flagged with an offline badge.

This addition makes Chrome really feel slightly extra like Instapaper or Pocket, companies that each additionally present customers with a listing of saved articles that you could learn whereas offline. For individuals who solely often save articles for offline studying, Chrome may doubtlessly happen of those companies, in addition to function a substitute for bookmarking net pages you need to make amends for later.

As a result of it’s constructed into the browser, Chrome’s offline saving function may see wider adoption amongst extra informal readers who wouldn’t have in any other case downloaded a standalone app for saving articles.

Google notes that having a listing of articles to learn is also helpful for occasions once you’ve stumbled right into a lifeless patch in your community, or are out of information for the month in your cellphone plan.

One other new function makes the obtain button out there in additional locations. In the event you’re looking offline, and click on by to a lifeless net web page you hadn’t downloaded, you’ll now discover a brand new blue button on the backside of the display screen that reads “Obtain Web page Later.” By tapping this, Chrome will mechanically obtain the content material on that web page once you once more have an web connection.

Google says Chrome customers obtain greater than 45 million net pages each week, which signifies some stage of demand for offline studying performance.

All of at present’s new offline options can be found in the updated version of Chrome on Android.