Google News and Chrome Getting Retooled for Those on Slower Networks


Google is introducing ways for people on slower data connections to better enjoy the Chrome mobile experience, as well as a Google News update. For Chrome, the changes are rather prominent, with the highlights being changes for downloads, Data Saver, and content discovery, while News is getting a new Lite mode. 

With the changes inside of Chrome, folks on slower mobile data connections can still enjoy their mobile browsing experience, not being plagued by non-loading items. Specifically, Chrome will now reduce 67% of your data usage when viewing MP4 format videos through Chrome. To put that number into perspective, Google states that during testing in India, 138TB of data in a single week has been saved.

Data Saver is also becoming more intelligent, according to the Chrome team. If and when you are on a slow connection, Data Saver will automatically optimize HTTP websites to their bare essentials.

Here’s what you can expect to see on Chrome with Data Saver enabled.


Additionally, those who want to save content will be happy with Chrome’s revamped Download feature. Should you see a video, photo, or webpage you want to save for later, you can simply download it. Should you lose your data connection, Chrome will begin the download automatically once data connection is restored.

To top it all off, Google News is getting revamped for those with slow data. Specifically, a new Lite mode will allow those on a 2G or 3G connection to get all of the same data as those on LTE or WiFi. In the Normal mode, the app aggregates headlines and images, but when the Lite mode is enabled, just the headlines are kept and the rest is trimmed. Basically, you will only see what is essential when skimming through the news. By default, Lite mode triggers automatically when a slower network is detected, but users can also manually set it if needed.

Check out Google’s blog posts below to learn more and be sure to have your apps updated to experience it.

0 Comment

Leave a Reply

Captcha image


  • 5300c769af79e

    Gmail Will Now Support Emails With Responsive Design

    Starting this month, Gmail will begin supporting emails made with responsive design.That means if an email has been created to automatically format differently depending on the screen size (the basic idea of responsive design), Gmail will allow that magic to happen.
  • 5300c769af79e

    LG Just Created a Button-Less Fingerprint Sensor That Hides Under a Display

    ” Schiller was referencing the company’s trashcan-shaped Mac Pro computer, but we are using it in reference to LG’s new fingerprint sensor that lives underneath a phone’s display and can be read without the need for a dedicated button.Yes, your mind is wandering into the proper place – LG’s new fingerprint reader will hide just below the glass on your next phone’s display, potentially leading to even cleaner, buttonless smartphone designs.
  • 5300c769af79e

    Password Manager LastPass Patches 2 Major Bugs

    Marketing manager Amber Gott pointed to a pair of unrelated bugs that left the LastPass Firefox browser extension open to attack.On Tuesday, Google Security Team researcher Tavis Ormandy reported a message-hijacking bug targeting the LastPass Firefox add-on.
  • 5300c769af79e

    iOS 10: Siri Integrates With Third-Party Apps

    Whether your organization is considering the use of big data and analytics, or has taken its first As Apple gears up for its iOS 10 public beta in July, a select group of developers will now be able to sync up their apps with users' Siri demands.The software development kit (SDK) can also be used by automakers who want to let Siri control Apple's CarPlay apps.